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Food and Health: Biochemistry, Physiology and Nutrition

A healthy and well-balanced diet represents one of the main principles of preventive medicine.

A healthy and well-balanced diet is known to represent one of the main principles of preventive medicine. As a result, many implications can be derived from it.

Primarily, the importance of relying on food which is adequately produced and thus have best spared nutritional features. This aspect, together with the recognition of the importance of formulating a balanced diet containing micro-, macronutrients, bioactive compounds and the consequent indications of daily intake, constitutes the main points of the "Food and Health" Programme.

Alma Food IRT embraces specific research on the comprehension of all biochemical, physiological, pharmacological, toxicological aspects regarding nutrient/cell/organism interactions and the molecular events underpinning the preventive/protective action of food bioactive components.

Alma Food research overview

  • Identification of functional foods and nutraceuticals in the prevention/counteraction of chronic degenerative diseases
  • Analysis of food characteristics, related to agricultural and technological processes, influencing health and risk factors of diseases
  • Nutritional improvement of animal foods by feeding techniques
  • Study of the effects of processing and storage on food quality and health: fried food, meat, bakery and bee products
  • Protein modifications related to allergy
  • Bioavailability and impact of probiotics and prebiotics on the human intestinal ecology
  • Screening of old and new crop genotypes for the content of functional compounds and prebiotic fibres
  • Prevention of fungal growth and mycotoxin contamination in foods
  • Evaluation of the risk posed by the presence of toxic contaminants and additives in food