Consumer and Health

Models of in vitro digestion and bioaccessibility

Systems that simulate food digestion in the laboratory permit the study of digestibility, the bioavailability of nutrients and their impact on the microbiota.

Some of the most relevant applications on which we work are:

  • ✓ Study into the interactions between food and its nutrients during digestion and its implication in digestibility and bioavailability.
  • ✓ Studies into the influence of treatment and processing (industrial or domestic) on the bioaccessibility of nutrients.
  • ✓ Studies into the release and efficiency of the encapsulation of bioactive compounds, probiotics and food supplements in simulated gastrointestinal conditions.
  • ✓ Analysis of the gastrointestinal resistance of the compounds present in foods that are potentially harmful.
  • ✓ Digestibility and absorption of nutrients in gastrointestinal conditions altered either by age or as a consequence of chronic diseases.
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Biological Process Monitoring

In the field of health and thanks to the knowledge of the development of sensors and physical-chemical processes, we are able to develop systems of metabolic measures in humans.

Some examples of their applications are:

  • ✓ Monitoring of muscle effort through multiple radiofrequency sensors, which are coupled to portable signal generation systems.
  • ✓ Gastric reflux detection by means of radiofrequency sensors.
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Consumer perception and preference analysis

The analysis of consumer perception is key to product innovation, especially when it comes to the agri-food sector. Therefore, from IIAD we are able to organoleptically characterize a wide variety of food products through sensory evaluation with consumer panels.

We also collaborate with experts to identify consumer preferences, acceptance and needs via neuromarketing techniques.