America's food and beverage manufacturers can positively impact today's rising healthcare costs by developing products that address specific health and lifestyle issues, according to Cargill Health & Food Technologies president Ted Ziemann.

In his presentation entitled "Health Through Foods -- An Economic Solution," given at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science at the University of California-Davis, Ziemann provided his insights into the health and economic benefits of innovative food and beverage products that address some of Americans' most common and serious health concerns.

In January, Cargill announced that it is accelerating its development of new health-promoting ingredients and ingredient systems to help food and beverage manufacturers develop consumer products that meet the dietary and nutritional recommendations included in the U.S. government's Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005.

Cargill's solutions range from ingredient systems for orange juice, yogurt and smoothies that may promote heart health and lower cholesterol (when consumed as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol), to inulin, resistant starches, soluble fibers for healthy breads, and whole wheat flour and whole corn products that increase fiber intake and provide other health benefits as well. In addition, Cargill offers an all-natural, no calorie sweetener that makes lower calorie, sugar-free chocolate and refreshing frozen drinks possible.

Source: Company Release