The rise in life expectancy is attributable not just to advances in medicine, but also the quality of food and diet. The life expectancy of Finns has risen in the last one hundred years, but diseases attributable to lifestyle have also increased.
The current belief is that, in addition to vital nutrients, food should contain various kinds of bioactive compounds and apparently also microbes.
The Natural Resources Institute Finland studies the production, quality and nutritional value of plant- and animal-based food ingredients, as well as the levels of bioactive compounds in them and how these properties can be preserved in the food production process.
The results of the research can be used to optimise the production of plant- and animal-based food and pharmaceutical ingredients so as to produce the highest possible amount of the desired nutrients or bioactive compounds with the lowest amount of environmental loading.