Building on our previously established methodologies and utilising the fundamental knowledge from other platforms, this cross-disciplinary, integrative platform investigates how structures with predetermined digestive behaviours can be assembled into food systems, that are able to deliver the required in-body functionality.
This will provide proof-of-concept for food structure dynamics and physiological outcomes within well-characterised food systems. The two highly collaborative projects in Platform 4 are initially directed towards the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) processing of lipid- or protein-based foods. The findings will enable us to determine how the systematic design of protein and lipid microstructures, and their subsequent disassembly during eating and digestion, can deliver particular digestive outcomes (whether this is enhancement or inhibition of nutrient uptake). Such an understanding is central to the development of foods and whole diets that promote health and wellness.