£3m awarded to address diet and health


Six research projects looking to improve understanding of the connection between diet and health have been awarded a share of £3 million by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC).

In partnership with a consortium of 13 leading food and drink companies, the outcomes of the projects will help to inform the development of new products by the food and drink industry that address diet related health issues in the longer term.

Among the projects are studies that will explore new ways to reduce levels of sodium in foods, resistant starches in pre-prepared food, the availability of nutrients in wheat and the influence of iron on the microbiome.

Dr Karen Lewis, BBSRC interim executive director, innovation and skills, says, “The projects recommended for funding through this round of the Diet and Health Research Industry Club will contribute to addressing issues relevant both to consumer health and the food and drink industry.

“We are pleased that the projects will investigate a diverse range of topics that explore the link between diet and health.”

BBSRC and MRC will together fund 90% of the six projects, with the remaining 10% coming from industry partners.

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