Plant Proteins in Food and Diets – findings and learnings from conference may 21. 2019

The ecological and social systems of the planet are facing major challenges, which call for a shift towards a more sustainable society. In order to reach this goal the Western world should shift towards a diet based on more plant protein. The growing interest in plant products creates new eating habits and new business opportunities, often referred to as innovative.

Plant proteins themes are also at the epicenter of project activities and events, which directly involve and address SME needs and innovation challenges. The main project partners from Denmark, Sweden and Germany are not only themselves growing and testing field trials of vegetable proteins, but also actively involve local producers. This perfectly illustrates the conference “Plant Proteins in Food and Diets” held in in May 21 2019 in Denmark.

Student work with solutions to SME in the food sector

In addition to presentations by Scandinavian scientists, product tastings based on plant proteins were made by University College Absalon students. Danish companies Nordic Quinoa, KMC, Kaffe Bueno and NISCO provided students with high in protein values raw materials such as peas, potatoes, coffee, quinoa, faba beans, amaranth and hemp.

 

 

Problem Based Learning: Students in combination to knowledge and experience gained at the knowledge institution created seven different recipes for products, that were presented at the conference:

  • Pea drink
  • Potato protein-based baby food
  • Broad bean patty
  • Amaranth crispbread
  • Coffee flour for protein enrichment
  • Falafel minced mixture added roasted hemp seeds
  • Lasagna with pea based mince

It was a great success! The conference attendees could hardly believe that delicious lasagna is meat-free.

Here you also find some students posters and tastings: