Research on Dietary Fibre and Health Recieves 6M Euros From EU

grains.jpg

13 Feb 2012 --- The project known as ‘FibeBiotics’, is related to the development of functional food and ingredients for the European food industry, and is a collaboration between 5 European research institutes, 8 small and medium size enterprises of which two are Norwegian, and 4 European universities. Researchers from Nofima, Ås, have been key persons in setting up the project.

Feb 13 2012 --- A proper diet may contribute to strengthened immune function and make us healthier. The EU is now investing 6M Euros in an international project aimed to study the health effects of specific dietary fibres. Together with renowned European research institutes, universities and private enterprises, a research team at Nofima, Ås and two Norwegian companies are involved in development of future functional foods.
 
The project known as ‘FibeBiotics’, is related to the development of functional food and ingredients for the European food industry, and is a collaboration between 5 European research institutes, 8 small and medium size enterprises of which two are Norwegian, and 4 European universities. Researchers from Nofima, Ås, have been key persons in setting up the project.
 
The goal is to support the development of functional food ingredients and products that are beneficial for the human gut and immune function and therefore of crucial importance for quality of life.
 
The project will evaluate health effects of selected soluble dietary fibres consisting of polysaccharides (complex carbohydrates) with various potential health effects. The polysaccharide sources are extracts from cereals, apples, yeast and mushrooms. Their effect as part of a foodstuff is to be determined by measuring specific biomarkers in different models, and ultimately in humans. Study start was January 1 and it will last for 4 ½ years.
 
The study`s goal is to identify components and develop products that can strengthen the body`s defence against common infections such as cold and flu, and make use of EFSA supported biomarkers that enable immune function claims and underpin the mechanism of action involved. The studied mechanisms are the innate and adaptive immune system and the possible involvement of microbiota in the large intestine and microbiota-mediated products. To achieve this goal, new and existing non-digestable polysaccharides will be studied for their health effects in a systematic way by developing a toolbox of dedicated assays and models that can be used by industry and authorities to study and approve health ingredients with a similar health focus, says Dr. Scient. Svein Halvor Knutsen at Nofima, Norway. Knutsen is among the initiators of the FibeBiotics study. The project is coordinated by Wageningen UR – Food & Biobased Research.
 
In addition to Nofima, two Norwegian companies are key partners in the study; GA Analysis AS (GA) and Immitec Norway AS. GA will contribute with expertise in profiling the gut bacteria and correlating various bacterial profiles to different health conditions.
 
Immitec Norge AS contributes with their well documented and EFSA approved Novel Food compound Wellmune WGP, which is the active ingredient in ImmiFlex, ImmiMarine and ImmiNexin.
 
Our gut is an important part of the human immune system, and our diet can have a major impact on our defence against diseases. The research will study different dietary fibres based on non-digestable polysaccharides. Dietary fibres are primarily related to gut function, lowered cholesterol and reduced risk of cancer. However a growing body of research shows that fibres from yeast has a more common, positive effect on the immune system, and may therefore be of great importance to public health.

 

To contact our editorial team please email us at editorial@cnsmedia.com

Related Articles

Health & Nutrition News

Mushrooms hold potential for probiotic diabetes treatment, study finds

17 Aug --- Eating white button mushrooms can create subtle shifts in the microbial community in the gut, which could improve the regulation of glucose in the liver, according to a team of Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences researchers. They also suggest that better understanding this connection between mushrooms and gut microbes in mice could one day pave the way for new diabetes treatments and prevention strategies for people.

Health & Nutrition News

Living by a forest diversifies kid’s micronutrient intake, study finds

17 Aug 2018 --- A global study has found that children who live near forests have better nutrition than those who live further away from forests. The research, across 27 developing countries, identified that children living by forests had at least 25 percent greater diversity in their diets compared to kids who did not. The study, published in Science Advances, notes that the particular nutrients increased by living near a forest are vitamin A and iron. The findings have potential for actors attempting to lessen malnutrition through interventions such as fortification, by highlighting the benefit that could come from an integrated approach.

Health & Nutrition News

Low-carb diets could shorten life by four years, warns Lancet study

17 Aug 2018 --- Following a low-carb diet could shorten life expectancy by four years, suggests new research published in The Lancet Public Health. The high levels of animal fats and proteins that often replace carbohydrates in typical low-carb diets appear to be associated with the higher risk of mortality. Eating more plant-based proteins and fats in place of carbohydrates was linked to lower mortality and even reversed the greater mortality risk. 

Health & Nutrition News

Weekly Roundup: US consumers rank clean water as top health desire, Australia's Freedom Foods acquires protein product brand Crankt

17 Aug 2018 --- The weekly roundup is NutritionInsight's collection of global nutrition stories from the past week. A Nestlé Waters commissioned survey has found that clean water is the most important health factor to US consumers. Australia based Freedom Foods has acquired protein product brand Crankt to strengthen its position in the sports nutrition market. CBI and Campden BRI are teaming up for a Colombian product development workshop and the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has announced eleven new additions to its membership ranks.

Health & Nutrition News

Molecular switch may serve as new target point for obesity and diabetes therapies, says study

16 Aug 2018 --- A mechanism of the PI3KC2A kinase enzyme may have significance for the future development of therapies against cancer, obesity and diabetes, research published in Molecular Cell has found. The study highlights how if specific signaling cascades are misregulated, diseases and metabolic disorders may occur. The identified mechanism may have a crucial influence on such signaling cascades.

More Articles
URL : http://www.nutritioninsight.com:80/news/Research-on-Dietary-Fibre-and-Health-Recieves-6M-Euros-From-EU.html