South Korean scientists grow beef cells in rice as protein alternative

Mar14,2024



New Delhi: South Korean scientist beef cells have evolved into grains of rice Substituting farmed cattle for meat consumption and achieving a goal eco-friendly source Of protein.
Professor Jinqi Hong, who led the research, said that “beef rice“This is the first product of its kind as it uses grain particles as a base for cultivation animal muscle And fat cells.
The researchers Yonsei University Rice grains are treated with enzymes to create a suitable environment for cell growth and are then inserted into bovine cells, which are then cultivated to obtain the final hybrid product, which resembles pink rice grains. .
“If successfully developed into food products, Cultured Beef Rice “It could serve as a sustainable protein source, especially in environments where traditional livestock farming is impractical,” the Yonsei team said.
Hong said the protein is 18 percent animal-based, making beef rice a rich source of essential amino acids. Additionally, it contains about 8% more protein and 7% more fat than regular rice.
However, this is not the first time that experiments have been conducted on lab-grown meat products. Plant-based chicken and eel grown from a soy base have already found a home in the Singapore market. “Beef Rice” Researchers said it would be relatively more beneficial than soy and nuts because fewer people are allergic to it.
Priced at about $2 per kilogram (2.2 pounds) and with a much lower carbon footprint than traditional beef products, cultured beef rice could compete in grocery stores, Hong said.
Keum Dong-kyu, who sampled riced beef at a Korean barbecue restaurant in Seoul, called the idea innovative.
“But to be honest, I don't think it can mimic the juiciness or texture of real beef,” Kyum said.


(With Reuters inputs)



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