Cereal with soy protein meets three health claims

by Jeff Gelski
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URBANA, ILL. — A University of Illinois scientist has created a cereal that meets three health claims. The cereal offers 10 grams of protein, including 6.5 grams of soy protein, and 5 grams of fiber per serving to meet Food and Drug Administration requirements for protein, soy protein and fiber claims.

Soo-Yeun Lee, a University of Illinois assistant professor of food science and human nutrition, asked 120 people to take part in a sensory panel to evaluate four formulations of the cereal: unflavored and served with skim milk, unflavored and served without skim milk, cinnamon-flavored and served with skim milk, and cinnamon-flavored and served without skim milk. A second consumer evaluation compared Dr. Lee’s cereals against five cereals that are commercially available and marketed for their healthful properties.

"We know we need to do some tweaking, but even at this stage, one of our formulations did better than a product that’s already on the store shelves," Dr. Lee said. "We’re still experimenting with different flavors and sweeteners, but I’m confident that soy-based, high-protein cereals can not only optimize nutrition, they also can taste good."

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