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

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.
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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)

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KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 1 202 650

CARGILL R&D CENTRE EUROPE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 257 603,75

UNIVERSIDAD DE NAVARRA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 580 212,50

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 732 061,25

UNIVERSITY OF SURREY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 781 446

European Association for the Study of Obesity

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 119 375

ECOLE NATIONALE VETERINAIRE, AGROALIMENTAIRE ET DE L'ALIMENTATION NANTES ATLANTIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 301 881,25

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 202 967,50

HAROKOPIO UNIVERSITY

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 568 125

FUNDACIO PRIVADA PER A LA INVESTIGACIO NUTRICIONAL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 150 062,50

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 176 635

AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 88 125

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 417 462,50

TEREOS PARTICIPATIONS

France

EU Contribution

€ 181 400

ASOCIACION EMPRESARIAL DE INVESTIGACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO NACIONAL AGROALIMENTARIO EXTREMADURA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 179 030

CENTRE DE RECHERCHE EN NUTRITION HUMAINE RHONE-ALPES

France

EU Contribution

€ 196 885

PECTOLITE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 31 250

UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 598 550

NETUNION SARL

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 232 212,50

CLARINGBOULD HELEEN ELSA

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 41 365

VITAGORA POLE

France

EU Contribution

€ 109 125

INTERNATIONAL LIFE SCIENCES INSTITUTE EUROPEAN BRANCH AISBL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 79 250

BLONK MILIEU ADVIES BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 144 791,25

EUROPEAN FOOD INFORMATION RESSOURCE AISBL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

SPREAD EUROPEAN SAFETY GEIE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 77 500

BIOIATRIKI IDIOTIKO POLYIATREIO IATPIKH ANONYMOS ETAIRIA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 335 625

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 162 801,25

ECRIN EUROPEAN CLINICAL RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE NETWORK

France

EU Contribution

€ 59 304,25

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 774293

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2018

  • End date

    30 September 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.2.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 987 579,25

  • EU contribution

    € 8 987 579

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

United Kingdom