Dutch food company Unimills, part of the Malaysian Golden Hope group, has invented an ice cream with lower levels of saturated fat.

Ice cream is viewed as an unhealthy food because of its high levels of sugar-based calories and saturated fat.

Unimills said that it has developed a new formula that has less saturated fat than either coconut oil or dairy butter-based ice creams. This is purportedly achieved without affecting taste.

Gerhard de Ruiter, R&D and marketing manager at Unimills, declined to provide further details at this point. “The formal launch of this new generation healthy ice cream fat products is scheduled for September 1, 2006,” he told just-food, adding that further details of the revolutionary ice cream would be available thereafter.