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:

  1. Identify the mode-of-action underpinning the health benefits of MCSFAs by using mouse models and by conducting mechanistic human experiments
  2. 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