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Food Bioscience: Milk Nutraceuticals


In today’s world everyone is aware of the influence that diet plays in maintaining health. The Teagasc food research programme is investigating how we can use milk to keep people healthy and reduce disease risk. Milk is not only an excellent source of nutrition, but also plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy gastrointestinal tract in the newborn infant. Milk is already known to contain a number of bioactive peptide and lipid components (including ACE-inhibitory peptides and conjugated linoleic acid). The idea behind this research is that we aim to identify compounds in milk capable on impacting positively on health and on disease risk reduction. We have a number of health targets, these include a focus on early infant development, cardiovascular health, obesity, immunity issues and colorectal cancer. Our milk neutraceuticlals programme of research is designed to assist industry in the development of functional food products to address these major health concerns facing the modern consumer.