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Bakers Develop Lower Calorie Yeast Rolls To Meet School Nutrition Guidelines

May 1, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
New school lunch nutritional requirements are forcing baked goods companies to reformulate some tried-and-true products. Lesaffre Yeast Corporation, for example, recently sent a couple of its bakers to a Norfolk, Virginia, school to develop a low-calorie version of a ”cafeteria classic”: scratch-made yeast rolls, normally 210 calories apiece. Using a combination of science and trial-and-error, the bakers came up with a formula that reduced the fat and cut sugar by about 25 percent, while possibly improving the taste. The new roll weighed in at 169 calories – about 20 percent less than the original version. According to the company’s nutrition director, the new version was “wonderful”, possibly better than the original.
Sarah Hutchins, "Norfolk schools aim for a healthier roll", The Virginian-Pilot, May 01, 2013, © The Virginian-Pilot
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