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EPSRC Reference: EP/J501712/1
Title: Foaming and fat replacer ingredients
Principal Investigator: Clegg, Dr PS
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Department: Sch of Physics and Astronomy
Organisation: University of Edinburgh
Scheme: Technology Programme
Starts: 01 February 2012 Ends: 31 January 2015 Value (£): 42,363
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Analytical Science Complex fluids & soft solids
Rheology
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Food and Drink
Related Grants:
EP/J501682/1
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Obesity related illness presents a huge financial and social challenge to Governments and health services in the UK, EU

and around the world. The UK House of Commons Health Select Committee calculated that in 2002 clinical obesity cost

the English economy somewhere between £3.3-3.7 billion per annum. A similar calculation in 2006 by the EU commission

estimated that between 59 billion Euros and 236 billion Euros per annum or 7-28% of the total healthcare budget of the

member states was spent on the consequences of obesity related illness. It is estimated that by 2050 obesity will affect

60% of the UK population. If this problem is not addressed it will result in an unprecedented and possibly unsustainable

drain on healthcare resources in the UK. Tackling this huge problem will require a multi faceted approach, not least of

which will be attempts to modify the eating behaviour of large parts of the population. Food manufacturers have been

proactive in this respect by developing a range of low or reduced fat foods to replace less healthy alternatives. However,

reduced fat foods at present have low uptake by consumers and make little profit for industry. Market studies show that

consumers will not choose healthier food and drink products that have inferior taste or mouth feel to the less healthy

equivalent. In this study we aim to develop protein-based ingredients and enabling technologies for the formulation of foods

with reduced energy density while providing stability and mouth feel that are equivalent or improved compared to the

original versions. We will use a multi-scale approach that aims both to understand the microscopic role played by novel fat

replacers and emulsifiers, how these will impact on structure at the colloidal level, and how this determines texture in the

whole food. This will allow us to broaden our specific approach into a general strategy that can be applied to a wider range

of food products.
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