Functionality, nutritional value, and health aspects of foods

Obesity and nutrition-related illnesses such as arteriosclerosis and diabetes are problematic in industrial nations and increasingly so in Brazil. Indeed, awareness of this and an interest in healthier foods is on the increase in Brazil. The Fraunhofer Project Center is developing new food ingredients and formulations to promote health, for example foods enriched with dietary fibers to reduce cholesterol levels and ingredients to promote gastrointestinal health. One aim is to incorporate health-promoting ingredients into foods without impairing the texture or taste and so achieve widespread consumer acceptance. The effects of the products are being studied in close collaboration with universities and clinical research establishments.



Sugar substitutes

New studies have highlighted the growing problem of obesity. To combat this it is important to develop sugar-free foods with similar properties to their sugar-containing counterparts. These food products must meet the requirements of the food industry and must be enjoyable and easily digestible for consumers.


Obesity is a major problem in both Germany and Brazil. Low-fat and fat-reduced foods can help combat obesity and the associated health risks but are often not accepted by consumers. Such food products lack the smooth and creamy texture induced by fat and lack full-bodied flavor. .


Sunflowers have huge potential for agricultural and food production. Up until now they have been almost exclusively cultivated for plant oil. Residual materials from the oil production such as proteins, seed husks, and secondary plant ingredients have remained unutilized. SunPro is a joint German-Brazilian research project aimed at optimizing the cultivation and processing of sunflowers.