legumes, beans and lentils

Project: Health-promoting legumes

A diet rich in legumes is reported to reduce the risk of metabolic related diseases while benefiting the environment. This project aims to evaluate the health effects of legumes and to identify biomarkers for dietary legume intake.

Project information

Health-promoting legumes – assessment of metabolic effects and identification of dietary biomarkers of legume intake using metabolomics and microbiomics
Project manager
Cornelia Witthöft
Other project members
Cecilia Soto Thompson, Mohammed Hefni, Per Nilsson, Amanda Nilsson, Patrik Hellström, Linnaeus University; Ingegerd Johansson, Anders Esberg, Umeå University; Ali Moazzami, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Participating organizations
Linnaeus University; Umeå University, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
1 jan 2017–31 dec 2024
Food Science (Department of Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences)

More about the project

The project will increase the understanding of health effects of legumes and associated mechanisms and will provide a basis for public health activities by authorities and the individual's efforts to contribute to a sustainable environment. For stakeholders in agriculture and the food industry the findings will contribute to the development of healthy and consumer-appealing foods.

The project is implemented by three studies:

  • A population-based epidemiological study
  • A randomized controlled intervention study using well characterized legume-based foods and ingredients (see figure below)
  • Metabolic profiling to identify nutritional biomarkers.

Traditional nutritional epidemiology, metabolomics and multiplex analysis of the mouth and gut microbiome will be used.

The project is part of the research in the Food Science research group and the Linnaeus Knowledge Environment: Sustainable Health.