COST FA1001

Project Title
The application of innovative fundamental food-structure-property relationships to the design of foods for health, wellness and pleasure
Project Type
Internacional / Public
Funding Body
Funding Program
COST
Reference
COST FA1001
Funding
  • CEB: 0,00
  • Total: 0,00
Start
02-11-2010
End
30-04-2014
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Abstract

The food industry is constantly challenged to meet consumer demands for new food products that are safe, convenient, affordable, pleasurable and healthy. The approach of many companies to product development is largely empirical in nature which compromises opportunities for truly innovative, healthy products. An understanding of fundamental structure–function relationships of food components is key to the design of new foods. This material science area is well researched. However ingredient formulation and production processes also have a major role in commercial food development and their impact on food structure is poorly characterised. Furthermore the influence of structure and physical properties on the nutritional and health inducing properties of foods (e.g. bioavailability/efficacy of nutrients/ bioactives) has received very little research. This Action will create an interdisciplinary team to apply the fundamental structure-properties knowledge of multiphase-foods (foams, emulsions) to real food systems, with a view to designing end-products with good sensory quality and health benefits. The Action will create an expert network to bridge the gap between material scientists, food technologists and nutritionists. The Action will seek to holistically train young researchers and provide industry with the expertise to design truly innovative pleasurable food products with real health benefits for consumers.