May 16, 2005

Students Design Perfect Space-Travel Food

AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Thinking of a muffin and cup of joe on your way to Saturn? Nutraffin, a spicy bite-sized muffin made from carrots, soy milk, peanut and wheat flour, is perfect for space travel.

A team of Oklahoma State University students designed the product to win a contest at the NASA Food Technology Commercial Space Center at Iowa State University.

"Nutraffin is an interesting product and has a great potential of future space flight," said Cheryll Reitmeier, the contest coordinator.

The muffin is high in fiber, protein and essential vitamins and minerals required by astronauts. It has a high calorie content that provides an energy boost and is low in sodium and iron.

The annual competition was established in 2001 to increase food science awareness, officials said. Food scientists from NASA and commercial food companies evaluate the student products.

The Oklahoma State team will present Nutraffin to NASA scientists this fall.


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