A little sneaky but all for the sake of good health.
Students of Pittsburgh's Plum Borough School have been taking a food additive for the last 10 months; via cafeteria meals. This was announced Thursday.
An ersatz fat 'Z-Trim' produced naturally from agricultural by-products such as hulls of oats, soybeans, peas and rice, or bran from corn or wheat has been used in school meals to cut down calories while preserving a favorable 'mouth feel'.
Scientists of U.S Department of Agriculture have designed the additive and the product is claimed to maintain the pleasing texture of food while cutting down calories.
The school becomes the first in the nation to use alternative food additives that help promote healthy food habits among children.
Says Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman ,"A consumer who normally eats 3,500 calories a day could cut as many as 700 calories by eating the same kinds of food in the same volume, but adding about half an ounce of Z-Trim to replace fat."
The USDA approved food dressing is said to reduce calorie intake by replacing high calorie mayonnaise and cheese dressings with it.
Quotes Juliann Sheldon, a 16-year-old student from the school "It's really good. Better than from my ranch at home."