SMIL - Special Milk Lipids for Health
Medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCSFAs) comprise about 10% of the fat found in cow milk. MCSFAs have been shown to increase satiety and improve metabolic syndrome. The high content of MCSFAs is a unique feature of milk fat, and consequently, it is relevant to obtain a better understanding of potential effects of the MCSFAs on human health.
By: Grith Mortensen
This project aims to:
- Identify the mode-of-action underpinning the health benefits of MCSFAs by using mouse models and by conducting mechanistic human experiments
- Develop new milk fractions with elevated content of MCSFAs, and assess the potential health benefits in humans.
It is the ambition - by combining state-of-the-art technology and biology - to create the foundation for the development and production of new dairy-based products or ingredients that may be an important part of healthy diets combating obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Project period: January 2021-december 2024
Budget: 10.380.000 DKK
Financing: Milk Levy Fund, Arla Food for Health, Novo Nordisk Foundation
Project manager: Bente Kiens
Institution: Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen
Participants: Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Department of Food Science, Aarhus University, Department of Engineering, Aarhus University