A new EU-funded project will focus on the effect of conjugated linoleic acids (CLA) on overweight reduction. The overall objective of the new study is to develop a CLA containing food, designed to reduce overweight and the negative impact of overweight on the health of the middle-aged population.
Conjugated linoleic acids (CLAs) are isomers (geometrical or positional) of the fatty acid known as linoleic acid. This acid is converted to CLAs by microorganisms occurring in the gut of ruminant animals.
As a result of some indications of CLA effects on carcinogenesis, diabetes, platelet aggregation and the immune system (see http://www.flair-flow.com/docs/ffe45101.html), CLA has gained much interest among nutritionists and the food industry and CLAs are in the market for usage in functional foods.
The new QoL EU-funded project aims to assess the impacts of CLA isomers on energy and protein metabolism in humans; to assess the bioavailability; to determine which of the isomers are active; to assess any possible side effects; to develop a functional food containing CLA and to assess the sensory quality and consumer acceptability.
The project Co-ordinator is Prof. J.L. Sebedio, at the Institut Nationale de la Recherche Agronomique in Dijon.