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August 1, 2014   
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Doctors have selected around 600 patients suffering from obesity, anemia, hypertension, and type 1 diabetes. For this group, scientists have produced special juices, cookies, bread, dessert concentrates, jellies, instant soups, pate, bread, pasta, and groats. Provided with all these products, the patients were asked to prepare their own dishes to suit their taste. These patients are part of a project that aims to develop a new form of bioactive food designed to help patients with specific diseases. The project is being managed by Prof. Józef Korczak, head of the Department of Human Nutrition at the Poznań University of Life Sciences in western Poland. After nine weeks of this diet therapy, it will be possible to determine if these special foods help improve the condition of the patients.

“Although it is not yet possible to draw definitive conclusions, the doctors are already signaling that the patients’ medical indicators have improved,” says Korczak. He adds, “After completing all testing and certification, we will be looking for companies [to produce this special food] with which we will establish commercial contacts.”

According to Korczak, “the research project has confirmed that patients and their friends and contacts are interested in these products. Patients are actually worried about what they will be eating when they stop taking part in the project.”

The project is close to the mass production stage and there is a chance that the new foods will soon be put on the market. The project team has already submitted over 20 patent applications. “We want our innovative line of food products to enrich the range of products available on the market and to broaden the range of Polish food industry export products and increase their international competitiveness. This is the first such project in Poland,” says Korczak. He adds, “Our program could significantly contribute to the promotion of those sectors of Polish industry and agriculture that are responsible for producing good ingredients rich in bioactive compounds.”

Meanwhile, Poland is a major producer of fruit such as apples. It is the largest exporter of apples in the European Union. Polish apple growers will now be able to use a new, unique technology for sorting this fruit developed by a sorting machine manufacturer from the central city of Radom. The new technology selects the best fruit, groups apples according to color, shape and size, and packs them. It turns out that if you place a bunch of top-caliber scientists between the orchard and the marketplace, you will achieve spectacular business results surpassing all expectations.
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