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Mysuru: For the first time in the world, CSIR-CFTRI, in association with Oleome Bio Solutions and Dairy Classic Ice Creams, has developed Omega-3 and vitamin E nutrition-rich ice cream. The new product, named NutriIce Creams, is aimed at benefiting 39.9% children in India.
Omega-3-enriched ice cream was launched by Amitabh Kant, CEO of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, at CFTRI campus here on Tuesday. The innovative ice cream has been developed using chia, a super food having high content of Omega-3 fat from a vegetarian source. Omega-3 and vitamin E-enriched ice cream will have a positive effect on heart with its reduced saturated fat.
Speaking after the launch, Kant said: “Food processing plays a major role in the country’s development. I’m happy with the research that CSIR-CFTRI has taken up for the past few decades. Ice creams, being largely accepted and enjoyed food products, find a special place among many people.
By introducing Omega-3-enriched ice creams, CFTRI is trying to combat the problem of nutrition deficiency. There is deficiency of Omega-3 content in many people with they taking greens off the menu. According to a study, 39.9% of children in India are undernourished, and various program’s to address the issue have failed.
The research and intellectual work taken up by CFTRI has resulted in Nutri Ice Creams. They need to ensure that these researches are commercialized and Indian industries are benefited. We have several program’s for midday meal, but still we end up providing food with less nutrition”.
He also appreciated CFTRI director Ram Raja shekharan for taking up the initiative and coming out with a much-needed nutritious food in the form of an ice cream. “It will be liked by people of all age groups. We will also promote the new product by bringing it to the notice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he said.
‘Take up more research on chia’
On the occasion, Kant called upon the researchers at CFTRI to take up more research on chia. “Rajashekaran has told me that if the mixture of chia and water is given to children during midday meal, their nutrition level will improve. CFTRI scientists should take up research on this and find ways to add the mixture to midday meal. Students must also venture into startups, instead of going for lucrative jobs. India should be a country of job creators, and not of mere job seekers,” Amitabh said.
“Not many researches are commercialized. Steps need to be taken to commercialize researches so Indian industries are benefited. There is a close link between the farming community and institutes like CFTRI,” Amitabh said, adding: “For India to grow rapidly, food processing industry must play a major role. We need to grow in labour-intensive environment, as it can ensure value addition.”
Rajashekharan said: “Omega-3-enriched ice cream is a first-of-its-kind product in the world which can supercharge heart and keep it healthy. This project was executed with many trials and careful planning. CFTRI has acted as a catalyst with the technology developer startup Oleome Biosolutions and Industry Dairy Classic Ice Creams to come out with NutriIce Creams. This ensures good health to consumers besides offering a great value.”