In this podcast, NIZO Food Research Division Manager Food, René Floris explores the role of in-vitro studies in substantiating health benefits of food products.
There is a growing awareness of the health benefits of food beyond its basic nutritional value. For example, specific components of food can boost the immune system, affect intestinal health, modulate the gut microbiome and even inhibit pathogens binding to cells in our digestive tract. Not surprisingly, this is attracting a lot of consumer interest. However, manufacturers can’t just make unsubstantiated health claims. They need evidence to support those claims and build consumer trust. In many cases, in vitro testing can provide important evidence to create compelling stories.
To find out more, René spoke to Anita Hartog. Anita is Senior Scientist in Nutrition and Health at NIZO and has over twenty years industrial experience studying the health and immunological impact of food.