Food for Health is a RISE-funded project that aims to develop a service where we will be able to measure the actual health impact of food, pharmaceuticals, and food supplements.
Even though a certain food contains a health-promoting nutrient the substance might not have any specific health-promoting effects when it has been digested and absorbed by the body. The challenge when producing healthy foods is not to include the nutrients but to know if they have any real effect and why. At the same time, many consumer groups today base their purchases on the products' nutritional content and health effects, a part of a growing health trend. And the industry, therefore, has an interest in finding a way to measure factors that indicate health effects, and thus be able to communicate the health qualities of the product.
Within the project, RISE is developing a range of lab based services to measure factors that indicate health effects of food, food supplements, and medtech products. These services include methods for measuring digestion, release, and absorption of both macro- and micro-substances in a model of the human body, as well as knowledge of how these substances can affect the consumer's health. RISE also provide services linked to regulatory issues concerning marketing of alleged health effects. Within the project, we are also working on a service to investigate how a product's formulation affects mouth feel and perception when swallowed.
Food for Health
Region Skåne, Region Stockholm, Västra Götaland Region
Project manager and participants
2 600 000