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Sweeteners and sweetness enhancers: Impact on health, obesity, safety and sustainability

Objective

The SWEET project has been designed to i) identify and address the barriers and facilitators to the use of sweeteners and sweetness enhancers (S&SEs) and ii) examine the risks and benefits of using S&SEs to replace sugar in the diet in the contexts of health, obesity, safety and sustainability. Industry experts will integrate technological, health and sweetness databases to provide a platform on which new and emerging S&SEs can be selected for inclusion in food products. The behavioural and physiological impact of specific S&SEs will be examined in acute and repeated dosing studies and natural population differences (by age, region, gender etc) in sweetness perception established. A sensory profile will be developed and genetic determinants assessed. The core randomised controlled trial will adopt a whole diet approach to examine the impact of prolonged sugar replacement on weight control, appetite and energy intake. Underlying mechanistic effects of S&SE use, alone and in combination, will be evaluated using the technology platform developed in acute studies. Outcomes relating to safety and overall health risks will be i) measured in acute and chronic studies and ii) investigated in secondary data (long term interventions, prospective cohorts). The preferences for and perceptions of S&SEs within European consumers, and the barriers to their acceptance, consumption and use will be determined. The environmental cost and sustainability of replacing sugar with S&SEs will also be modelled. Consumers will be engaged to inform research design, and stakeholder driven exploitation and impact plans will be developed to communicate and disseminate project objectives and results to i) address the role of sweeteners in weight control for target audiences (consumers, health professions, scientists, policy makers, regulators) and ii) move effective products nearer to market. A gender action plan will be developed and implemented to promote equity across all research activities.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2017-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
Address
Brownlow Hill 765 Foundation Building
L69 7ZX Liverpool
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 829 882,50

Participants (28)

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 1 202 650
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CARGILL R&D CENTRE EUROPE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 257 603,75
Address
Havenstraat 84
1800 Vilvoorde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDAD DE NAVARRA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 580 212,50
Address
Campus Universitario Edificio Central
31080 Pamplona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 732 061,25
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 781 446
Address
Stag Hill
GU2 7XH Guildford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
European Association for the Study of Obesity
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 119 375
Address
High Street 113-119
TW12 1NJ Hampton Hill
Activity type
Other
ECOLE NATIONALE VETERINAIRE, AGROALIMENTAIRE ET DE L'ALIMENTATION NANTES ATLANTIQUE
France
EU contribution
€ 301 881,25
Address
Site De La Chantrerie, Route De Gachet
44307 Nantes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 202 967,50
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CHAROKOPEIO PANEPISTIMIO
Greece
EU contribution
€ 568 125
Address
Eleftheriou Venizelou 70
17671 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDACIO PRIVADA PER A LA INVESTIGACIO NUTRICIONAL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 150 062,50
Address
Calle Montnegre 18 Esc A Planta En Puerta 2
08029 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 176 635
Address
Kings Gate
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GEOPONIKO PANEPISTIMION ATHINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 88 125
Address
Iera Odos 75
118 55 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 417 462,50
Address
Rue De L'universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
TEREOS PARTICIPATIONS
France
EU contribution
€ 181 400
Address
Rue Pasteur 11
02390 Origny Sainte-benoite
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ASOCIACION EMPRESARIAL DE INVESTIGACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO NACIONAL AGROALIMENTARIO EXTREMADURA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 179 030
Address
Ctra Villafranco A Balboa Km 1,2
06195 Villafranco Del Guadiana (Badajoz)
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRE DE RECHERCHE EN NUTRITION HUMAINE RHONE-ALPES
France
EU contribution
€ 196 885
Address
Chemin Du Grand Revoyet 165
69310 Pierre-benite
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
PECTOLITE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 31 250
Address
Spiesheimer Weg 28-30
55286 Woerrstadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 598 550
Address
Minderbroedersberg 4-6
6200 MD Maastricht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NETUNION SARL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 232 212,50
Address
Avenue Des Figuiers 20
1007 Lausanne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CLARINGBOULD HELEEN ELSA
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 41 365
Address
Buys Ballotstraat 35
3572 ZT Utrecht
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VITAGORA POLE
France
EU contribution
€ 109 125
Address
67 Rue Des Godrans
21000 Dijon
Activity type
Other
INTERNATIONAL LIFE SCIENCES INSTITUTE EUROPEAN BRANCH AISBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 79 250
Address
Av. E. Mounier 83
1200 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
BLONK MILIEU ADVIES BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 144 791,25
Address
Gravin Beatrixstraat 34
2805 PJ Gouda
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EUROPEAN FOOD INFORMATION RESSOURCE AISBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
Rue Washington 40
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
SPREAD EUROPEAN SAFETY GEIE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 77 500
Address
Viale Luigi Pasteur 10
00144 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
BIOIATRIKI IDIOTIKO POLYIATREIO IATPIKH ANONYMOS ETAIRIA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 335 625
Address
Leoforos Kifisias 132
11526 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 162 801,25
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ECRIN EUROPEAN CLINICAL RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE NETWORK
France
EU contribution
€ 59 304,25
Address
5 Rue Watt
75013 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations