The Metasin project, which involves agri-food companies, seeks to address nutritional issues by developing food solutions to reduce risk and improve the pathologies associated with metabolic syndrome.

“The outcome of the project was very positive,” commented the company consortium in a statement.

“New products with beneficial effects such as a light sauce with fiber and quinoa, oat, rice and microalgae pancakes, and juices with healthy ingredients such as microalgae, omega-3 and antioxidants, have already been launched.”

“Also butter with a healthier fat profile thanks to special feeding of cows, omega-3 oil from algae, extract that is rich in D-chiroinositol and improves the pregnancy rate in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome related to insulin resistance.”

Spanish contingent .

In addition to the biotech company Biosearch Life, the group includes the olive oil specialist Acesur, the microalgae producer AlgaEnergy, the fragrance and flavoring company Carinsa Group and the dairy cooperative Feiraco.

These Spanish companies are also joined by the puree and smoothie company Fruselva, the Mahou brewery and the confectionery and grain company Vida, based in the Spanish region.

“The Metasin project offers us the opportunity, in a public-private collaboration framework, to develop new innovative products that represent a natural alternative for the prevention and / or treatment of various diseases related to the metabolic syndrome from a multifunctional approach” said Cristina Diaz, R&D project manager for Biosearch Life.

“The project will enable AlgaEnergy to develop different technologies for the procurement and incorporation of biomass and / or extracts from microalgae into a variety of food matrices,” added Maria Segura Fornieles, Technical Director of AlgaEnergy.

Food for Life Spain platform.

Together, the companies took part in the project entitled “Research, development and innovation in new multifunctional foods for the metabolic syndrome” – part of the Food for Life Spain Platform (PTF4LS).

The main goal is the research and development of active ingredients, foods and multifunctional food supplements for influencing pathologies and risk factors in connection with the metabolic syndrome.

The high and growing prevalence of this syndrome in recent years is causing what the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling the epidemic of the 21st century.

Lifestyle changes, including poor diet and little physical activity, are the main external triggers.

Numerous health campaigns are trying to curb this problem by recommending more appropriate diets and promoting physical activity.

In addition to the newly manufactured products, bread, muffins, juices and fruit drinks are being developed as prototypes, which are enriched with active ingredients and food supplements with various functional ingredients.

Probiotic strain discovery .

In addition, new probiotic strains in animal models have become a focus of research showing a number of positive effects on obesity and glucose metabolism.

“Carinsa will identify and maintain a variety of active ingredients that will be incorporated into food, meat and confectionery matrices to improve and / or prevent certain metabolic syndrome-related diseases,” said Mercedes Villalobos, R&D project engineer at Carinsa Group.

“In addition, it will be possible to further research the probiotic Lactobacillus planetarium (LP3547) and see if it can be viewed as an active ingredient that can be incorporated into various matrices with an effect on metabolic syndrome.”

Academic know-how also complements the efforts of the industry as the Leitat Technological Center became the scientific project coordinators.

Other team members include the University of Granada, Jaén, Santiago de Compostela, Pablo de Olavide Sevilla, the Valencia Polytechnic, the Institute for Dairy Products (IPLA-CSIC), the Institute for Research in Food Science (CIAL-CSIC) and the AINIA Technological Center.

The project, which ended in June, was also approved under the call of the 2015 CIEN Strategic Program, managed by the Center for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI).

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