Food and Health
Ensuring diets are sufficently high in nutrition to maintain health is an important part of food security.
Lead scientist: Richard Mithen
Many plant-based foods contain bioactive compounds that may help maintain health or prevent disease. The IFR is improving our understanding of how these bioactive compounds work, by working out how they are taken up by the body and how they can then modify our bodies’ internal processes to prevent the development of chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.
The physical structure of foods is complex and changes during digestion, altering how nutrients and bioactive components are delivered to the body. We want to understand more about how the physical structure of foods at the molecular level affects how it interacts inside our bodies and how this impacts on health.
To maximise the impact of the fundamental knowledge gained from these studies, we will work with food manufacturing companies to develop new foods, ingredients or crops with enhanced nutritional value. Our studies will also provide the best quality evidence for for policy makers and govenrments providing diet and health advice aimed at improving the overall health of the nation.
Probing the structure of saliva’s protective film
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Bioavailability of sulforaphane from Broccoli Soups
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Effects of Brassica on human gut Lactobacilli
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Food and Health Programme
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