U of G Plant-Based Meat Experts Make Headlines

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Prof. Alejandro Marangoni

Two U of G food science experts were in the news this week to discuss the challenges of plant-based proteins.

Prof. Alejandro Marangoni, who is the Canada Research Chair in Food, Health and Aging, spoke with the Global News The Morning Show about ongoing work at U of G to develop a plant-based steak with the same texture as meat.

Marangoni and a team of U of G engineers and food scientists are working to create a meat analogue with fibres similar to those of steak. Their research is supported with funding recently awarded by the Good Food Institute, a non-profit group based in Washington, D.C.

Prof. Michael Rogers spoke with the Financial Post about another aspect of plant-based proteins: how to harvest the potential of yellow split peas.

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Prof. Michael Rogers

The article examined how Canada can benefit from the growing meatless protein market, since the country grows a lot of yellow peas and other pulse crops. Rogers explained how protein is extracted from yellow peas.

A professor in the Department of Food Science, he studies food technologies that can improve the safety and nutritional profiles of processed foods, including molecular gels.