By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaIf you want the health benefits of soybeans but hate the beanytaste of most soybean products, listen up. University of Georgiafood scientists have developed soybean food products that don’ttaste so beany.The scientists used L-Star soybeans, a new variety developed bythe National Agricultural Research Organization in Japan. Anaturally deodorized soybean, L-Star is lipoxygenase-free. Beany enzyme removed”This is the enzyme that produces the off flavor in some soybeanfood products,” said Dick Phillips, a food scientist with the UGACollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “With L-Star,consumers can get the health benefits of soybeans’polyunsaturated fatty acids in better-tasting products. Untilnow, it’s been good for the heart, bad for the taste buds.”With funding from the American Soy & Tofu Corporation and theU.S. Department of Agriculture’s Federal-State MarketingImprovement Program, UGA food scientist Yen-Con Hung, along withPhillips and UGA food scientist Anna Resurreccion, developed anew soybean product using L-Star beans. New method used, too”We started with a new soy milk because this is an establishedproduct that’s available commercially,” Hung said. “These arewhole bean products.”Traditional soy milk is made by grinding soaked soybeans withwater and then filtering out solid and insoluble materials, hesaid. The new L-Star soy milk is made by grinding the soybeanswith water and not filtering out the solids.A sensory specialist, Resurreccion conducted consumer studieslast fall on the UGA campus in Griffin, Ga. The study revealedhigh consumer acceptance of the L-star soy milk. “The consumerswe tested think the quality is equal to commercial soy milk,”Hung said. “They like the color, appearance and taste, too.” L-Star or not?Besides the new L-Star food products, Phillips created a qualitycontrol test. The test will assure soybean buyers they are trulybuying L-Star soybeans.”Soybeans are harvested and brought by trucks to a central buyingpoint,” Phillips said. “With the existing tests, there’s a wholemenu of things buyers look for, quality-wise. But they don’t testfor lipoxygenase.”The existence of the enzyme would let buyers know the beans arenot L-Star. Lab methods that test for the enzyme aren’t feasibleat a buying point, he said.Phillips’ test uses color as an indicator to test soybeans forlipoxygenase. A buyer takes a sample from the load, crushes thebeans, places them in a tube and shakes them.”If the color fades, the beans contain the enzyme and the buyerknows they aren’t L-Star soybeans,” Phillips said.Working with the Georgia-Florida Soybean Association, UGAscientists shared the test with a handful of buyers who aretesting it in the field.The test project was funded in part by the Georgia AgriculturalCommission for Soybeans. L-Star tofu, instant soy milkAnother new product UGA scientists are working on is tofu madefrom L-Star soybean curd.”It’s also a whole-bean product, so consumers get the nutritionaland health-related benefits from consuming whole beans versusonly the soluble part of the soybeans,” Hung said.Under Hung’s leadership, UGA food science graduate student, MarkJarrard Jr. is working on an instant soy milk using L-Starsoybeans.To make it into the marketplace, the products must be developedby a food company, Hung said. The next stage of the project is togarner industry interest in the products.
A US judge denied on Saturday a request by the Trump administration for an injunction to block publication of a book by Donald Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton that alleges the president sought China’s help to win re-election.”While Bolton’s unilateral conduct raises grave national security concerns, the government has not established that an injunction is an appropriate remedy,” US District Judge Royce Lamberth said in his ruling.The administration had sought a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the publication of “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” saying it contained classified information and threatened national security. The book, scheduled to hit store shelves on Tuesday, is already in the hands of media organizations.”Defendant Bolton has gambled with the national security of the United States. He has exposed his country to harm and himself to civil (and potentially criminal) liability,” the judge wrote.But he said an injunction would be too late to stem the harm. “With hundreds of thousands of copies around the globe —many in newsrooms — the damage is done,” Lamberth said.Lamberth also said Bolton had acted unilaterally by proceeding to publish without waiting for prepublication review by the government. A civil suit is pending against Bolton that seeks to force him to give the United States the right to all of the profits from the book.Speaking to reporters as he departed the White House to fly to a campaign rally in Oklahoma, Trump again charged that Bolton had released classified information and lauded the judge’s rebuke of Bolton as “a great ruling.””The judge was very powerful in his statement on classified information and very powerful also on the fact that the country will get the money, any money he makes,” Trump said. “Whatever he makes, he’s going to be giving back.”In a later interview with Fox News Channel, Trump called what Bolton did “treasonous.””He should go to jail for that for many, many years,” he said.Publishers Simon & Schuster and Bolton’s lawyer Charles Cooper welcomed the ruling. “We respectfully take issue, however, with the Court’s preliminary conclusion at this early stage of the case that Ambassador Bolton did not comply fully with his contractual prepublication obligation to the government,” Cooper said in a statement.Bolton’s book has drawn wide attention for its withering portrayal of Trump. Bolton describes Trump as imploring Chinese President Xi Jinping for help in winning his 2020 re-election bid, and details alleged improprieties not addressed in Trump’s impeachment trial.Trump ousted Bolton, a foreign policy hawk, last September after 17 months as national security adviser. Topics :