Health & Nutrition



Ecological implications of restoring sediment flows in regulated rivers. The ECOSEDRIV project understands and quantifies the interactions between suspended sediments, flow regime and biological communities in highly regulated rivers to design new reservoir management schemes to restore sediment flow towards the coast in a sustainable way. ECOSEDRIV takes the lower Ebro River as a model of highly regulated river systems with a strong sediment deficit and where large floods were suppressed, to test the hypotheses raised by the project. Deltas are among the most vulnerable coastal systems and require sediment inputs for their progradation and vertical [...]



Cervera network of excellence for the innovation of new protein sources for the generation of different foods, prioritizing sustainability processes, the impact on health and consumer demands. The OPTIPROT project addresses the transition towards a more sustainable nutrition by searching for new respectful sources of alternative protein, assessing both the environmental impact and the repercussion on human health and optimizing the technological, social, cultural and legislative challenges. For this purpose, omic technologies (transcriptomics, epigenomics, proteomics and metabolomics) are used which, within the context of food and through the use of high-performance tools, improve human nutrition and [...]



Understanding and preventing the impact of endocrine disruptors on the hypothalamus-pituitary axis in sensitive populations. The HYPIEND project, coordinated by Eurecat, investigates the effects of multiple endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) exposure in the function and epigenetic programming of the hypothalamus-pituitary (HP) axis to delineate interventional strategies for minimizing exposure and consequences on the neuroendocrine system during the perinatal and pre-pubertal stages. To do that, a computational toxicology methodological framework will be built leveraging public data and state of the art data analysis techniques to define EDC co-exposure patterns in target population. The resulting patterns will be [...]



New strategies for digestibility improvement in legumes. The EASYDIGEST project researches and develops food products based on legumes with improved digestibility, through the application of physical, fermentative and enzymatic treatments, maintaining all the organoleptic and nutritional properties of the original product. The digestibility of legumes depends on external factors during processing, such as hydration, cooking or grinding, as well as internal factors linked to the composition of the legumes themselves. In this sense, the technological improvements that EASYDIGEST wants to apply to legumes have as their main objective the reduction of the presence of antinutrients, natural [...]



Reversal and prevention of obesity in the most vulnerable populations. The PAS-GRAS project addresses the main determinants that contribute to the transgenerational risk of obesity in the most vulnerable populations, including children in the prepubertal stage, adolescents and young adults, in order to reverse and prevent obesity and avoid the emergence of related comorbidities. To do this, PAS-GRAS determines lifestyle habits (diet, physical activity/sedentary activity) and other factors such as mental health, socio-familial and environmental factors, and genetic and metabolic characteristics. The integration of all this data will make possible to assess the risk on an [...]



Non-destructive detection by measuring the degree of maturity of oranges and tangerines with multispectral images. The MADURESA project promotes innovative and disruptive technologies for the digitisation and improvement of the quality process in the agri-food sector, specifically in oranges and tangerines. Artificial intelligence technologies applied in the world of agriculture use sensors to achieve precision agriculture that increases the yield and quality of production. MADURESA evaluates the potential of two techniques: near-infrared spectroscopy (NIR) for the analysis of multispectral images and analytical techniques for the determination of the most important maturity parameters of fruit quality. In [...]

Improvement of honey production and obtainment of new honey-derived products with added value through the use of fungi


Improvement of bee immunity and honey production thanks to the supplementation of food based on fungi. This project investigates new food sources for bees that allow them to improve their immune system, promoting in parallel new honey-based products through the use of fungal extracts. Specifically, the project develops the following products: Two solid foods for bees based on fungal extracts to boost their immune system, thus increasing their defences against diseases. Two honeys improved with these foods, enriched with compounds present in the fungi or the metabolites that are formed during the passage through the bees' [...]



Development of innovative and of high-functional value fermented vegetables based on fruit and vegetables. The EKOFERM project aims to achieve a deeper understanding of the development of vegetable ferments, as well as fermented beverages such as kombucha. With this aim, EKOFERM identifies the raw materials and the critical points of the process, carrying out concept tests and product design and promoting a technological characterisation of innovative products. The development of these products is aimed at supporting small and medium-sized companies in the Catalan agricultural sector, increasing the value and giving way to the production of non-marketable [...]

Development of highly bioavailable polyphenol based combinations to prevent and treat oxidative stress and cellular DNA damage of diferent aetyologies


Development of new cocrystals of polyphenols with high bioavailability and evaluation of the protective effects of their combination against oxidative stress in exposure to radiation and physical exercise. Oxidative stress is caused by an imbalance between the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and the antioxidant defence, and can cause significant harmful effects on cells, tissues, and organs. Studying and treating oxidative stress is necessary, since excessive ROS production is triggered in some of the daily or periodic activities, such as radiation exposure for medical reasons or endurance exercise. In this sense, some polyphenols have shown protective [...]



New amino acid combination which acts as a new treatment against obesity and liver steatosis. The FATHIS project has the objective to develop a new therapy to ameliorate the obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) impact, as well their associated comorbidities. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines obesity as an excess of fat accumulation in adipose tissues and in other metabolic organs, leading to serious health implications. Obesity is a rising issue whose prevalence has defined as a global pandemic being responsible of millions of deaths annually. Also, obesity is related with several comorbidities such as NAFLD, with [...]



Revaluation of the fat from different cuts of pork from meat mincing, based on its analysis, to obtain an ingredient rich in unsaturated fatty acids and evaluate its industrial applicability. The SATURN project’s its main objective is the valorisation of a by-product to recover different fractions of fat to be incorporated into food matrices. This approach will make it possible to contribute to the competitiveness of companies through the transfer of study results and the promotion of collaborations between companies and knowledge centers. Eurecat participates in the SATURN project through its Nutrition and Health Unit, with [...]



Investigation of the nutritional quality and the interaction with the microbiota of new protein alternatives through the combination of new dynamic digestion technologies and Organ-on-Chip (OOC) intestinal modeling. The MICROGUT project aims to investigate the application of new OOC technologies for the recreation of the microenvironment of the human colon, including the microbiota and its interaction with the cellular and molecular component of the epithelium, optimising dynamic digestion systems to recreate the biochemical conditions in vitro, microstructure and fluidics of the three differentiated sections of the small intestine (duodenum, jejunum and ileum). MICROGUT will explore the [...]



Identification of new sources of plant protein, characterising their technological behaviour for the development of new plant-based foods. The main objective of the PROVEG project is to identify new sources of vegetable protein such as mushrooms, nuts or algae, among other co-products, derived from food industry processes. PROVEG will characterise the nutritional composition and technological behaviour of new plant protein sources, as well as develop different prototypes based on the plant protein ingredients studied within the framework of the project. Eurecat participates in this project through its Nutrition and Health Unit, responsible for the identification and [...]



Paradigm shift for a healthy and sustainable diet in schools through the empowerment of children and adolescents. The main goal of the SchoolFood4Change project is to provide systemic solutions for a healthy and sustainable diet by empowering children and adolescents in and around schools to fight against the increase of poverty and obesity. The implementation of different innovation teaching strategies are part of the concept specifically designed for the project: "Whole School Food Approach". Some examples of these strategies are involving farmers when providing food for school menus, establishing collaborations with all the stakeholders of the [...]



Development of tools, methodologies and educational strategies to encourage the consumption of a mediterranian diet in families with school-age children. The SWITCHtoHEALTHY project aims to increase the adherence to the Mediterranean diet of families with school-age children through tools and methodologies such as mobile applications, innovative educational strategies by participating schools and healthy snacks based on plant foods. SWITCHtoHEALTHY aims, in this way, to empower the citizens of the Mediterranean to make more informed decisions about the healthiest and most sustainable foods for their health and planet’s. Eurecat participates in the project through its Nutrition and [...]

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