Researcher turns whole turkey into white meat
Professor of nutritional science at the University of
Alberta, Dr Mirko Betti, has succeeded in turning dark turkey meat into the more
desirable white meat.
The scientist took on the dark-to-white-meat challenge as his PhD project
at the University of Georgia, under the guidance of Dr Dan
, considered one of the world's foremost poultry researchers.
Betti says that turkey meat can lose its dark side and that the process is
actually quite simple. Dark meat is minced and placed on ice. Water is added and
the meat is put through several extraction processes to separate and remove
layers of the two ingredients that make dark meat look and taste different than
white and adding the colour and fat - myoglobin.
What's left looks like a white meat milkshake, described by Betti as a
"protein concentrate." The paste can be used as a base to create foods that have
chicken as their main ingredient, such as nuggets.
Betti expects to spend another three years refining the final product
before taking it to market. "Right now much of the dark meat produced in North
America is exported to the Middle East and Russia, because there is no consumer
demand for it here. Consumers associate dark meat with fat and high cholesterol
and white meat with leanness and health."
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