GERMANY, Freising. Many consumers want a healthy diet with less fat and no chemical additives. Politicians are also recognising the need and are currently setting the course for this. So-called light products are often the subject of criticism. The reduction of fat is often achieved through the use of additives and thickeners.
At the beginning of 2019, two research projects were started at the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV that pursue new technological approaches to improve the nutritional properties of processed foods. The Fraunhofer food technologists and their project partners are aiming for a 30% reduction in saturated fatty acids. The controversial palm fat is to be replaced by healthier and more sustainable oils such as rapeseed oil. Vegetable proteins will also be used as fat substitutes.
Both projects are part of EIT Food, an alliance for the future of food. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is a partner of the Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), which was launched in spring 2017.