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Slowly digestible starch to combat lifestyle diseases

08 May 2015

NWO Green has awarded € 250,000 to Prof dr MJEC (Marc) van der Maarel, Aquatic Biotechnology and Bioproduct Engineering-group, Engineering and Technology Institute Groningen (ENTEG) for his research proposal ‘Highly branched starches’.

Starch is the main energy source of our body. Starchy foods such as potatoes, pasta, rice and bread are the basis of our daily diet. In many composite food products such as vanilla custard starch and starch derived products are used to provide texture. All these forms of starch are broken down in the small intestines to glucose. Glucose is absorbed in the blood and serves as an energy source for our body. Modified starch usually is very rapidly converted to glucose in the small intestine. This results into (too) high blood glucose levels that eventually may lead to an imbalance in the insulin level, and to additional fat storage. After years of frequent high blood glucose levels people tend to develop obesity and type 2 diabetes later in life. Also young children who consume too much fast digestible starches and sugars, increasingly develop type 2 diabetes at an early age. The impact of these lifestyle diseases contribute to the ever-rising cost of health care. The researchers working on this research project wish to combat these lifestyle diseases by developing slowly digestible starches that provide desired texture to foods.

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