Health effects of protein

Proteins are primary building materials for the human body and protein needs differ per person. Babies and children need a full and comprehensive diet, while older people and top athletes benefit from extra protein. Proteins can both inhibit inflammation and trigger dangerous allergic reactions. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research offers companies the knowledge, insight and tools to develop tailor-made products with scientifically-proven health effects.

Protein for children, elderly and top athletes

How does protein supplementation prevent muscle loss in the elderly? Which proteins are most suitable for promoting muscle recovery after exercise? Does insect protein trigger allergic responses? Developing products for special target groups is a complex task. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research helps protein suppliers and food companies to understand the health effects of proteins and to substantiate them scientifically, and to develop products tailored to the needs of appropriate target groups. This increases the likelihood that new proteins and protein-rich products will be approved by the authorities, as well as the chance of success in the market.

From literature search to clinical study

From literature research, biochemical analysis and human intervention studies for a novel-foods dossier: Wageningen Food & Biobased Research is a reliable and internationally recognized partner for companies developing proteins and protein-rich products. Our experts have been conducting clinical research for decades, including for special target groups such as the elderly, top athletes and children. They study the allergenicity, bioavailability and biological activity of proteins; factors that influence, among others, hunger and satiety, intestinal health and heart health. Wageningen nutritionists and physiologists work closely with product and process technologists who provide globally recognized expertise in proteins.

Sustainable future proteins

Understanding the nutritional value and biological activity of proteins from sustainable sources such as insects, legumes and micro-organisms is the goal of Sustainable Future Proteins (2016-2019). The project - a collaboration between Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, the Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences, technology suppliers and food companies – has, amongst other insights, developed a toolbox that enables quick and efficient assessment of the extent to which sustainable proteins can replace less-sustainable options in a product or diet.

To develop an innovative, scientifically-based program in which older people regularly do weight training and consume protein-rich nutrition. That is the goal of ProMuscle in Practice (2016-2019), a collaboration between Wageningen Food & Biobased Research, the Alliance Nutrition Gelderse Vallei and a number of food companies and health insurers.

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