Top food companies to provide £3.7m for diet-related research

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Top food companies to provide £3.7m for diet-related research

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Fourteen leading UK food and drink companies have united to help fund six research projects that aim to tackle diet-related health problems.

The studies include projects that could help the food industry develop healthier products in the long-term, such as finding ways to cut sugar, salt and saturated fat through emulsions and oleogels, and using environmental prompts to improve portion control. The six research projects will receive a total of £3.7m in funding (about €5.24m).

"Our health is closely linked to our diet and is important to us individually as well as to society and our economy as a whole,”​ said Dr Celia Caulcott, BBSRC executive director for innovation and skills. “These Diet and Health Research Industry Club projects will conduct valuable research to address important challenges for industry and consumers that can be translated into real benefits for all.”

The companies, which include industry heavyweights like Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Unilever, PepsiCo and Danone Research, will provide the funding through the Diet and Health Research Industry Club (DRINC), a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) led partnership, with support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC).

Other DRINC industry partners supporting the studies are Mondelez International, Campden BRI, Sugar Nutrition UK, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Nabim, M&S, Leatherhead Food Research, and DuPont.


Details of the six projects to receive funding

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Posted by NYAJOM Martin,

I am a nutritionist on freelance.
I wish to be a part of a team working on the nutrition of saturated fat.
Many people are victims healthwise of the poor nutrition habits related to extreme poverty here in CAMEROON.
I think that your help to us will foster public awareness among people on this aspect of nutrition and feeding.

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