Project Details Healthy life and active ageing - the contribution of functional food ingredients

Project No.:
2013-054-2-300
Start Date:
01 December 2014
End Date:
Division Name:
Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Division
Division No.:
300

Objective

The main objective of this project is to bring Chemistry to the general public demonstrating, through the implementation of an interactive website, how chemistry offers unique solutions for society needs in terms of a healthy living and a better ageing. The platform will also educate on the valorization of active ingredients for disease prevention. A chemistry-based rational is given by the international panel of experts in food and natural product chemistry. The young researchers involved will illustrate methodologies for the identification of active ingredients in functional foods/nutraceuticals, exemplifying the role of chemistry with simple experiments.

Description

A website will be structured around the following themes:

  • The chemistry of a healthy eating: Active ingredients -choose what you eat; cook for your health; commit to healthy eating
  • Cooking Recipes: Textual descriptions, food preparing videos. An internationally recognized Chef will contribute with healthy recipes and e-learning modules (videos).
  • Share your experience: A moderated web log with the aim to encourage the general public to participate with thoughts, opinions and experiences and ask questions in a public discussion environment.

Educational videos / e-learning modules will be produced, including:

  • Cooking healthy recipes
  • The chemistry of the healthy ingredients, their benefits
  • Round-table discussion with the Chef, experts in chemistry and young researchers
  • Experiments illustrated by young researchers (e.g. chromatographic plates identifying active ingredients, others)

Modules for health promotion will be focused on the following topics: Functional foods and ingredients; Antioxidants; Vitamins; Functional lipids; Cooking with condiments; Good and bad metals in food; Combining foods, benefits and problems.

Progress

http://nutriageing.fc.ul.pt

Feb 2017 update – The implementation of the interactive website was accomplished and is now open at http://nutriageing.fc.ul.pt

This NUTRIAGEING website is a new platform for the transfer of scientific knowledge into usable person-centred advice. This informative website has a clean, easy-to-use, “app-like” interface with minimal menus or other clutter. The responsive layout ensures device-independent accessibility and a good viewing experience to the user, automatically adjusting to fit the screen of a desktop computer, a laptop, a tablet or a mobile phone, either horizontally or vertically oriented.

NUTRIAGEING website offers modules to promote healthier nutrition, showing the benefits of food chemistry for health, educating people on how to improve eating habits and how to grow vegetables and condiments, showing their added value due to their chemical active principles. It is structured around three major themes: Healthy eating (1), Recipes and videos (2), and Vegetable gardens (3). The “Healthy eating” section, developed by chemists, biochemists and nutritionists, is mainly focused on nutrition literacy, supported by chemical and biochemical science, containing information on healthy eating habits, clinical nutrition, understanding nutritional labelling and an enjoy subsection with puzzles and quizzes, for entertainment and at the same time allowing the user to confirm the knowledge acquired by consulting the other subsections.

May 2017 – write-up published in Chem Int Apr 2017, pp. 24-15; https://doi.org/10.1515/ci-2017-0215

Page last updated 26 May 2017