|December 2005||National Research Flagship||www.csiro.au|
Take Three Times a Day
Learning more about what we eat is increasingly being seen as a key to fighting chronic disease.
Functional foods are foods that can provide a health benefit above and beyond basic sustenance. This already includes fruit juices enriched with calcium, bread enhanced with omega-3 oils, or foods that actively fight against diseases such as diabetes.
CSIRO began researching the influences of food biochemistry in the 1960s and nutritional sciences in the 1970s. This work paved the way for present activity by the Food Futures and Preventative Health Flagships.
Both are working to use food to tackle the developed world’s three major chronic diseases – colorectal cancer, heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases – plus other areas such as satiety, which could help reduce obesity levels.
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The Food Futures Flagship is a CSIRO initiative and part of the National Research Flagships program that aims to deliver scientific solutions to advance Australia's most important national objectives. One of the largest scientific initiatives ever mounted in Australia, it aligns closely with the Federal Government's National Research Priorities. The initiative brings together our national research resources to deliver breakthroughs in fields ranging from healthcare to light metals and the environment.
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