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The COST 916 Action on "Bioactive Plant Cell Wall Components in Food" started in May 1996 and will finish in April 2001. The Action combines the efforts of European countries in studying the occurrence, process- induced changes and physiological effects of bioactive components of our diets, such as polyphenals, phytosterols, phytoestrogens and phytates. A total of 16 European countries actively participate in this Action.

The main objective of the Action is to reach an understanding, of the significance for human health of bioactive plant components in food, in order to facilitate the selection of appropriate plant variesties and improve pertinent processes.

Lycopene in tomatoes, phytoestrogens in soybean and rye products and polyphenols in wine and green tea! These are substances that we read about regularly in magazine and newspaper articles describing the links between particular food items and benefits to human health. These are also some of the substances that the food industry makes use of to launch new products, often associated with promises of a more health life.fe.

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Authors: FRÏLICH W, No Affiliation given;CHESSON A (EDITORS), ;VAN DOKKUM W,
Bibliographic Reference: KI-NA019685-EN-C. Euro: 7
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