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Development of foods containing nanoencapsulated ingredient

Objective

The preservation of bioactive food ingredients through product processing and storage, and their controlled release in the gastrointestinal tract is yet a major obstacle for the full exploitation of the health potential of many food bioactive components. In addition, conventional microencapsulation solutions often affect the textural sensory properties of the food. The overall objective of the NANOFOOD project is to develop and the validate the efficacy of a new generation of healthy foods based on nanocapsules technology. Tailored nanocapsules able to deliver omega-3 fatty acid and silymarin complex into the lower gut will be designed and produced by a specialized Israeli SME in collaboration with Technion, Haifa. These nanocapsules will be incorporated as bioactive ingredients into dry pasta by an Italian SME and into typical bread products by a Turkish SME. The development and characterization of these products will be supported by food scientists operating in leading research centres. Finally, the efficacy of the developed food products will be assessed by a human clinical trials on patients affected by Intestinal Bowel Disease, where the anti-inflammatory properties of the selected ingredients could be highly beneficial. NANOFOODS project will provide SMEs of the consortium with necessary tools and know-how to introduce in the EU markets foods based on nanoencapsulated bioactive ingredients according to the new European legislation regarding novel healthy foods marketing.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II

Address

Corso Umberto I, 40
80138 Napoli

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 28 500

Administrative Contact

Vincenzo Fogliano (Prof.)

Participants (6)

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Karmat Coating Industries Ltd

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 242 000

TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Israel

HACETTEPE UNIVERSITESI

Turkey

MERK UNLU MAMMULLER GIDA KATKI MADDELERI TURIZM INSAAT VE TICARET LTD SIRKETI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 214 500

Antonio Amato & C. Molini e Pastifici in Salerno SpA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 186 000

LA MORELLA NUTS, S.A.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 55 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 222006

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2008

  • End date

    30 November 2010

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 421 667

  • EU contribution

    € 726 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II

Italy