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The impact of environment on food quality

Institute of Technology, Carlow Masters by Research Courses

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Carotenoids (i.e. lutein [L], zeaxanthin [Z] and meso-zeaxanthin [MZ]) exhibit anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and optical properties that are believed to support human health and function. These and other nutrients are present in livestock i.e. chicken, pork and beef. The presence and concentration of such nutrients can be used to assess the health of the animals and assess the conditions that animals were exposed to during farming. FAME analysis by GC would identify higher levels of unsaturated fatty acids in meat products (Unsaturated fatty acids are known to have an adverse impact on human health). Also, the protein level and amino acid composition can be characterised, to identify proline and phenylalanine concentrations which also have implications in human health. In combination,

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These projects are funded under the President’s Research Fellowship Programme of the Institute, with the college fees and research materials and consumables covered. A small student stipend will also be provided.

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