Targeting childhood obesity: Natural, low sugar snacks with concentrated fruit polyphenols

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,882.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
2011-00188
Agency Tracking Number:
2011-00188
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
8.5
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
NUTRASORB LLC
48 ALEXANDRIA DR, MANALAPAN, NJ, 07726-4507
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
032588489
Principal Investigator:
Bertold Fridlender
President and CEO
(732) 485-9155
fridlender@nutrasorb.com
Business Contact:
Vyacheslav Dushenkov
Associate
(212) 208-2584
dushenkov@yahoo.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
This Phase I SBIR project directly addresses two major nutritional needs - the growing epidemic of childhood obesity and metabolic syndrome in adults. Its objective is to validate a newly discovered Nutrasorb (TM) technology for the manufacture of a new generation of science-based, efficacious, shelf-stable, and tasty functional foods, specifically, natural, nutritious, low-sugar functional snacks from red grape juice. These snacks will contain a highly concentrated grape polyphenol complex shown to have anti-diabetic and anti-obesity activity. These snacks will deliver high amounts of nutritionally beneficial and health-promoting compounds from grapes without weight gain-promoting sugars normally associated with diets rich in fruits. The technology validation that will be performed in Phase I of this proposal and the subsequent development and commercialization of Nutrasorb technology and products will provide a two-pronged approach to reducing childhood obesity and diabetes: - to deliver high levels of beneficial natural products (grape polyphenol complex) with potential anti-diabetic and anti-obesity activity - to naturally remove high-calorie sugars associated with fruits from the developed functional snacks and substitute these sugars with nutritionally balanced matrix. Nutrasorb-based functional foods, developed as a result of Phase 1 SBIR funding, can help to reduce childhood obesity and diabetes with science-based prevention and dietary control. A promise to deliver, first to children and subsequently to adults, bioactive natural products with anti-obesity and anti-diabetic effects from fruits and vegetables in a highly concentrated form without sugar and water represents a major breakthrough for the functional food industry. Such products will directly address the epidemics of obesity and diabetes - one of the major goals in human health and nutrition.

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