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May 13, 2020

iBET (Portugal) and Nofima AS (Norway) participate in a bilateral initiative funded by EEA Grants, entitled ExtraSnack – Impact of the extrusion process on health-related properties of a pea and oat snack. The project aims to investigate the health properties of novel plant-based snacks, produced by extrusion technology using pea starch, pea protein and oat fiber.

These novel plant-based snacks may play an important role to a healthy vegetarian diet that needs a balanced amino acid composition and enough micronutrients such as iodine, zinc selenium and vitamin B12.

The role of iBET in the project is to characterize the snacks produced by Nofima AS in terms of the main bioactive compounds (e.g. phenolic compounds) and antioxidant properties with the objective to understand how the extrusion process impact these nutritional properties of the snacks.

ExtraSnack project will run for one year and will include several joint working meetings and conferences between Portugal and Norway. A short scientific mission was carried out by Cátia Carmo (scientist of Nofima AS) at iBET in the beginning of the bilateral initiative. This internship was focused on the phenolic characterization of the plant-based snacks using chromatographic techniques associated to mass spectrometry.

The ExtraSnack initiative is funded by the Bilateral Fund program of EEA Grants 2014-2021. This fund supports initiatives aimed at strengthening relations between Portugal and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Catia Carmo poses near Teresa Serra at the end of her short scientific mission funded by EEA Grants
Short Scientific Mission of Cátia Carmo [photo: Cátia Carmo and Teresa Serra]

About EAA Grants

The EEA Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe. There are two overall objectives: reduction of economic and social disparities in Europe, and to strengthen bilateral relations between the donor countries and 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics.

The three donor countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). The donors have provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014. For the period 2014-2021, the EEA Grants amount to €1.55 billion. Learn more.

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