Legumes such as peas and beans are rich in protein and can thus replace animal proteins in human diet. However, the use of legumes is associated with undesirable intestinal symptoms in at least a third of population. The aim of this project is to produce well-tolerated legume-based foods for all consumer groups. Enzyme-aided processing is used to develop products with pleasant sensory properties and without compounds that may cause intestinal symptoms. The developed products are tested in healthy human volunteers, who report their feelings, sensations, and possible symptoms after eating the products by using a designed mobile app that enables online measurement of consumer feedback. The activity should not only enable innovation of legume-based foods with high consumer acceptance, but also reveal reasons behind the intestinal discomfort.
Innovative tools to produce legume-based foods for increased consumer acceptance
A population-level shift towards more plant-based diets is urgently needed because of environmental reasons, but also due to its health effects.
University of Helsinki
Tasty Texture: Tailored fibre/protein-rich vegetarian Health Power food & novel extrusion technology platform
Plant-based foods are growing beyond vegan and vegetarians due to the emerging segment of the flexitarians, who seek to reduce animal protein consumption in their daily diet. Most product developments focus on meat or milk analogues.
C-SNIPER: Campylobacter-Specific Nullification via Innovative Phage-mediated Enteropathogen Reduction
Campylobacteriosis is the most frequently reported food-borne illness in the EU.
European consumers are ever more aware that eating healthy is important (IRI, 2017), meanwhile obesity is still increasingly prevalent in almost all countries.
EIT Food hosts sustainable seafood panel at the Sustainable Foods Conference to support innovations in aquaculture.
In the past 40 years, childhood obesity has become one of our most serious public health challenges, and a recognised problem in every country in the world.