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The laboratory Food & Lipids concentrates its research on the lipid (fat) fraction of food stuffs. On the one hand, lipids are often under pressure from a health conscious point of view but
on the other hand they are essential for the sensory (e.g. taste), nutritional (e.g. essential fatty acids, fat soluble vitamins) and technological (e.g. spreadibility) properties of fat rich
food products. The mission of the laboratory is thus to conduct research facilitating the production of healty/ier fat rich food products without compromising the taste or the technological
New sources of nutritionally interesting lipids
Current focus is on the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, although work is also done on (phyto)sterols, squalene carotenoids and other lipid-soluble antioxidants. Current focus in on autotrophic microalgae as a new source, but work is also done on other sources such as waste streams. The research investigates the possibilities of the different sources (from a composition pont of view) and how they can be applied in food stuffs and nutraceuticals (downstream processing).
Fat crystallization and the influence on the technological properties of fat rich food products
The research currently deals with in-line monitoring of fat crystallization, on how the fat crystallization in influenced when using nutritionally interesting lipids and on the functionality of lipids in meat products.
A number of sociale trends put the food industry in front of great challenges. For example, population growth will increase the demand for food worldwide by 70% in 2050. Climate change is
resulting in a shortage of agricultural land. The ageing population also draws special attention to a balanced and healthy alimentation.
By conducting applied research, VIVES wishes to contribute to a responsible and innovative food sector. It is our ambition to develop tasty and high-quality products that meet the demand of the