Exploiting Bioactivity of European Cereal Grains for Improved Nutrition and Health Benefits

Key data
Acronym: 
HEALTHGRAIN
Project type: 
Integrated Project (IP), funded by EU's 6th Framework Programme (FP6)
Project reference ID: 
FOOD-CT-2005-514008
Duration: 
01 June 2005 - 31 May 2010
Budget: 
16 million €
Funding: 
10.8 million €
Coordinator
Name of Coordinator: 
Prof. Kaisa Poutanen
Organisation: 
VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland)
Country: 
 FI (Finland)
Description
Short summary: 

The HEALTHGRAIN Integrated Project aims to improve the well-being and reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome related diseases in Europe by increasing the intake of protective compounds in whole grains or their fractions. The aim is to produce health promoting and safe cereal foods and ingredients of high eating quality. A whole grain diet is increasingly demonstrated to be protective against development of diet related disorders such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. HEALTHGRAIN will carry out an integrated, multidisciplinary effort to establish the variation, process-induced changes and human metabolism of bioactive compounds in the major European bread grains, and to reveal the physiological mechanisms underlying their significance in prevention of metabolic syndrome and related diseases. The target bioactive compounds are vitamins (folate, tocols, choline etc.), phytochemicals (lignans, sterols, alkylresorcinols, phenolic acids) and indigestible carbohydrates. Also other product characteristics that may add to the metabolic benefits of whole grain products are promoted.

ICC's role: 

Module 5

*** WITH THE END OF THE EU FUNDED HG INTEGRATED PROJECT IN MAY 2010, THE HG FORUM WAS FOUNDED TO CONTINUE ON THE ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE THE POTENTIAL IN THE ENTIRE GRAIN FOOD PRODUCTION CHAIN TO OBTAIN HEALTHY, CONVENIENT AND APPEALING FOODS. YOU CAN FIND THE HG FORUM WEBSITE UNDER www.healthgrain.org***

Contact
Contact person at ICC: 
Michaela Pichler