Study into feel full foods to tackle obesity epidemic

Study into feel full foods to tackle obesity epidemic

University of Aberdeen nutritionists are developing and testing new foods with satiating qualities to help control appetite, manage weight and combat obesity. Their work, which is part of a major collaborative 6 milllion pounds EU-funded project, was discussed at the British Science Festival today Wednesday September 5.

It’s hoped their research will help tackle the UK’s obesity epidemic – with estimations indicating that 60% of men, 50% of women and 25% of children in the UK will be obese by 2050.

The research aims to exploit better understanding of the biological processes in the stomach and the brain that underpin what makes us feel "full", and evaluate whether this approach is a viable weight management tool.

Dr Alexandra Johnstone from the University of Aberdeen Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health said: “Obesity is a major public health issue facing the European Union and reducing it is a priority for all European governments. This project aims to draw upon our improved understanding of appetite expression - how the foods we eat affect eating behaviour and appetite.  If we can develop new food products that fill people up quicker and for longer and taste good then we can help moderate appetite whilst maintaining a healthy balanced diet.

“To date, satiety-enhancing food products on the market have not been effective or appealing in terms of taste.  Taste and hedonistic experience of food supercedes the health benefits of a food product which is why overweight consumers tend to reject low‐energy, high‐fibre diets although they promote weight loss. 

“However, changes to the structure and viscosity of food structures have also been found to affect taste and reduce the pleasure of consumption.

“Our study will look to understand the part flavour, texture and even the visual appeal of food play in contributing to the feeling of being “full” and examine how much satisfaction through eating can be attributed from physiological properties and how much is perceptive.

“Through the project we will also examine the appetite response to novel foods and how they impact on the gut. We know that the gastrointestinal tract (GI) tract is important for influencing signals that control hunger, satiety and food intake and this work will help us investigate this further.”

The project will use advanced food processing technologies including advanced forms of fermentation, vacuum technology, enzyme application, emulsification, ultra‐filtration, drying, sublimation and freezing, heat treatment, protein modification and encapsulation -  to modify the structure of the foods which accelerate satiation, enhance satiety and to reduce appetite.

Search News

Browse by Month

2017

  1. Jan
  2. Feb There are no items to show for February 2017
  3. Mar There are no items to show for March 2017
  4. Apr
  5. May
  6. Jun
  7. Jul
  8. Aug
  9. Sep
  10. Oct There are no items to show for October 2017
  11. Nov There are no items to show for November 2017
  12. Dec There are no items to show for December 2017

2016

  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Apr
  5. May There are no items to show for May 2016
  6. Jun
  7. Jul There are no items to show for July 2016
  8. Aug
  9. Sep
  10. Oct There are no items to show for October 2016
  11. Nov There are no items to show for November 2016
  12. Dec There are no items to show for December 2016

2015

  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar There are no items to show for March 2015
  4. Apr There are no items to show for April 2015
  5. May
  6. Jun There are no items to show for June 2015
  7. Jul
  8. Aug
  9. Sep There are no items to show for September 2015
  10. Oct There are no items to show for October 2015
  11. Nov
  12. Dec

2014

  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Apr
  5. May
  6. Jun
  7. Jul
  8. Aug
  9. Sep
  10. Oct There are no items to show for October 2014
  11. Nov
  12. Dec

2013

  1. Jan There are no items to show for January 2013
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Apr There are no items to show for April 2013
  5. May
  6. Jun
  7. Jul
  8. Aug
  9. Sep
  10. Oct
  11. Nov
  12. Dec

2012

  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Apr
  5. May There are no items to show for May 2012
  6. Jun
  7. Jul There are no items to show for July 2012
  8. Aug
  9. Sep
  10. Oct
  11. Nov
  12. Dec

2011

  1. Jan There are no items to show for January 2011
  2. Feb
  3. Mar There are no items to show for March 2011
  4. Apr There are no items to show for April 2011
  5. May
  6. Jun There are no items to show for June 2011
  7. Jul There are no items to show for July 2011
  8. Aug
  9. Sep
  10. Oct There are no items to show for October 2011
  11. Nov There are no items to show for November 2011
  12. Dec There are no items to show for December 2011

2010

  1. Jan There are no items to show for January 2010
  2. Feb There are no items to show for February 2010
  3. Mar There are no items to show for March 2010
  4. Apr There are no items to show for April 2010
  5. May There are no items to show for May 2010
  6. Jun There are no items to show for June 2010
  7. Jul There are no items to show for July 2010
  8. Aug There are no items to show for August 2010
  9. Sep There are no items to show for September 2010
  10. Oct There are no items to show for October 2010
  11. Nov There are no items to show for November 2010
  12. Dec