NTU scientists turn durian seeds into natural food stabiliser and probiotics

Professor William Chen, director of Nanyang Technological University's food science and technology programme, Dr Jaslyn Lee, NTU research fellow, and their team turned food waste into usable products.
Professor William Chen, director of Nanyang Technological University's food science and technology programme, Dr Jaslyn Lee, NTU research fellow, and their team turned food waste into usable products.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

NTU scientists turn seeds of the fruit into natural food stabiliser and probiotics

A team of researchers at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) may have given durian fans another reason to hail the king of fruits.

The scientists have found a way to turn durian seeds into a food stabiliser (a binding ingredient used to give food items a uniform texture) and probiotics - good bacteria that, when consumed, help people to maintain a healthy digestive system.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 18, 2019, with the headline 'Durian science'. Print Edition | Subscribe