Spanish research team look to develop healthy ‘traditional’ breads

By Nathan GRAY

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Researchers are attempting to produce traditional breads with added health properties.
Researchers are attempting to produce traditional breads with added health properties.

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Traditional unprocessed breads could be about to get a health kick from Spanish researchers, who are investigating ways to produce bakery products with high levels of omega-3 and fibre.

The research project aims to produce bakery style breads that are high in functional ingredients such as omega-3 and fibre  using non-industrial processes that

The project, led by the Health Division of Spanish technology centre Tecnalia, will work in partnership with Basque bakeries that form the OTANA Association in the hope of developing formulations for traditional, unprocessed, breads that could be sold in bakeries.

The research project began in 2011, and will last ‘two or three years’, said Dr María Chávarri Hueda of Tecnalia – who is tasked with co-ordinating the project.

She told that the project aims to produce breads and other “different healthy bakery products” which could be bought from everyday traditional bakeries.

“In this project we want to develop our own initiator culture,” said the research leader.

She explained that the research to develop the in-house starter culture could help “to improve the fermentation of the bread dough, improve the organoleptic qualities of the dough and prolong the shelf life of the bread”.

Healthy, yet traditional?

Chávarri Hueda revealed that omega-3 containing breads will use an encapsulaed form of the essential fatty acids – which the team hopes will reduce the risk of degredation during processing and will also help to combat issues with taste and consumer acceptance.

Meanwhile a high-fibre bread that is more similar to the white bread styles seen in traditional Spanish bakeries will offer consumers a daily dose of fibre without altering perceptions, said the research leader.

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Posted by Ivan,

1) fermentation process in dough rise
so adapted cultures of yeast suppose to be used with aditional excretion of healthy functional ingredients?

2) Encapsulated forms of omega-3 sources?
But that means this is not natural sourced ingredient? Industrial processing is included to prevent oxidation of unstable fatty acids? What about adds for omega-3 fats to be metabolized in plant sources: apropriate ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 so that liver is able to process omega-3 fats?

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