Sustainable exploitation of bioactive components from the Black Sea Area traditional foods

Lead Research Organisation: Quadram Institute Bioscience
Department Name: Contracts

Abstract

BaSeFood aims to promote sustainable development and exploitation of Traditional Foods containing emerging bioactive compounds with putative health effects in the Black Sea region. The Consortium encompasses 13 partners from most of the Black Sea countries, and EuroFIR partners with experience on traditional foods and bioactive compounds at the pan-European level, and one representing 11 European Food and Drink Federations. The objectives of BaSeFood are:
(1) To investigate the knowledge base of traditional foods of the Black Sea area in order to identify those foods to be collected and analysed. (WP1).
(2) To define, characterise and collect nutrient and bioactive data for a subset of about 30 prioritised traditional foods using previously developed and validated EuroFIR guidelines and bioactive databases, with appropriate analyses (WP2).
(3) To carry out case human intervention studies, with priority of cardiovascular disease protection, supported by intensive in vitro and in vivo laboratory tests, to address the requirement for supporting evidence in nutrition and health claims (WP3).
(4) To accurately map and describe the flow charts of traditional foods preparation and processing, and determine bioactive retention at both laboratory and pilot plant scale in close collaboration with industry partners (WP4).
(5) To evaluate attitudes of processors and consumers in order to optimise and enhance the whole food chain for improved availability and health benefits of traditional foods (WP5).
(6) To widely disseminate results and findings in order to enhance awareness and sustainable development of new traditional foods of the Black Sea area for improved health (WP6).
The project objectives are entirely congruent with those of the call, and will serve to (a) make a significant contribution to the substantiation of health claims for traditional foods containing bioactives, (b) improve the health of Europeans though enhanced nutritional knowledge, (c) enhance the cooperation between researchers and stakeholders, and (c) promote sustainable economic development for European SMEs and the Black Sea region.

Publications

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Albuquerque TG (2013) Traditional foods from the Black Sea region as a potential source of minerals. in Journal of the science of food and agriculture

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Costa HS (2013) New nutritional composition data on selected traditional foods consumed in Black Sea Area countries. in Journal of the science of food and agriculture

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Sanches-Silva A (2013) Carotenoids, vitamins (A, B2, C and E) and total folate of traditional foods from Black Sea Area countries. in Journal of the science of food and agriculture

 
Description BaSeFood aims to promote sustainable development and exploitation of Traditional Foods of plant origin containing emerging bioactive compounds with putative health effects in the Black Sea Region (BSR).
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Cultural