The overall objective of the project is to provide the necessary knowledge, tools and validatedmethods to enable development of high quality, consumer-acceptable fruits and vegetables (F&V) andderived foods / beverages containing flavonoids at levels that are optimal for human health.The study will mainly focus on proanthocyanidins (PAs) because, unlike other flavonoids, there isconsistent evidence, from short-term clinical trials, supporting a role for PA in maintainingcardiovascular function and decreasing CVD risk. Such clinical studies have used PA-rich extractsincluding pine bark, grapeseed, cocoa and 'American' fruit juices (cranberry, blueberry, purple grape)that are sold in low volumes in Europe. The flavonoid / PA rich plants and products used in the project(i.e. grape, apple, strawberry, broccoli, and tomato, juices, wine and cider) are suitable candidates todevelop European plant-based foods with improved flavonoid content and can have a broad impact onboth citizen health and SMEs. This knowledge, combined with recent advances in our understanding of, and ability to specifically alter, plant flavonoid biosynthesis and food/beverage content, will beexploited to develop F&V with altered PA composition as health-promoting food products. The specific aims follow a "Fork to Farm" approach to: (1 ) Determine the optimal source and dose of PAs for conferring health benefits while avoidingpotential risks (2) To develop analytical tools for selecting raw materials and transformation processes for modifying PA composition in order to ensure optimal quality of plant-derived foods and beverages (3) Provide biotechnological tools for producing F&V with an optimised PA composition, and (4) Study consumer attitudes towards the processes used and products derived from the applicationthese novel technologies and inform all the stakeholders in the food chain of the scientificallysubstantiated benefits (risks) of PA-enriched foods.
Field of science
- /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages
- /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/horticulture/fruit growing
- /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/horticulture/vegetable growing
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Funding SchemeNoE - Network of Excellence