Investigation of the complex relationship between food and health status in humans is an ongoing area of collaborative research involving several individual faculty from diverse departments and programs. The food matrix is the central player in delivery nutritional benefits and bioactive active food components. Graduate students specializing in Foods for Health will focus on investigating the evolving relationship between the complex food matrix and health status in humans and companion animals. Students specializing in Foods for Health will apply fundamental food science principles to investigation of the food matrix as a critical delivery vehicle of consumer health benefits. They perform research to understand the chemistry and metabolism of plant and animal based bioactive food ingredients including manipulation of structure and functional properties in efforts to improve biological activities. They will develop expertise in analytical assessment and characterization of bioactive food components in whole food matrices and biological tissues and fluids. They determine methods to incorporate bioactive food components into main stream food products and further evaluate the impact of processing on stability and bioavailability of bioactive food components.
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