2014: Each year cardiovascular disease causes over 4 million of deaths in Europe

Each year cardiovascular disease causes over 4 million of deaths in Europe

In past years, we have seen a growing occurrence of cardiovascular disease (CVD), which currently causes 47% of deaths in Europe (over 4 million deaths) and 40% in European Union as a whole. Ever growing healthcare costs, which currently total ca. €195 billion (£157 bn), mean measures to reverse this trend are vital.

It is essential to focus on developing solutions such as improved dietary habits including increased consumption of foods containing bioactive substances purported to be beneficial for the cardiovascular system. ‘Beneficial effects of dietary bioactive peptides and polyphenols on cardiovascular health in humans’ (BACCHUS) is developing resources facilitating generation of robust and exploitable scientific evidence that supports the cause-and-effect relationship between consumption of bioactive peptides and polyphenols, and beneficial physiological effects related to cardiovascular health in humans (e.g. reducing high blood pressure). BACCHUS is helping European SMEs to create new food products that boost cardiovascular health, underpinned by scientific evidence, and by providing tools essential for health claims dossiers seeking a favourable opinion.

Participants will attend the Annual Meeting (24-27th February 2014) next week in Belgian city, Ghent. At this meeting scientists will present results from the project and discuss future plans including elearning, which will benefit those organisations not directly engaged in the project.

BACCHUS has brought together 15 SMEs that are involved in developing food products and pursuing health claims, and 12 leading research organisations with expertise in health claims legislation, and food and health research. Work is focusing on the action of bioactive substances found in foods that are common in European diets including apple, chokeberry, sweet oranges, pomegranate, cured pork products and wheat. For more information visit:http://bacchus-fp7.eu.

BACCHUS is a collaborative project under the 7th Framework Program of the European Commission, funded by Specific Programme ‘Cooperation’ – Research Theme: ‘Food, agriculture and fisheries, and biotechnology’, funded within the FP7-KBBE-2012-6-single-stage, under Grant Agreement no. 312090. The €6M accessibility research and development effort funding brings together 28 Beneficiaries, led by the Institute of Food Research (UK).

Notes to Editors:

The 28 beneficiaries of BACCHUS are: Institute of Food Research (UK), University of Leeds (UK), Turkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Arastirma Kurumu (TR), Agencia estatal consejo superior de investigaciones (ES), NOFIMA (Norway), University College Cork (IE), Institut za Medicinska Istra Ivanja (Serbia), Universita di Bologna (IT), Universiteit Gent (BE), Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek NV (BE), LGC Ltd. (UK), Helsingin Yliopisto (FI), British Nutrition Foundation (UK), EuroFIR AISBL (BE), Pamida International SRO (SK), CREME Software Ltd. (IE), Valdycomer SA (ES), Industrias Carnicas VAQUERO (ES), Wagralim ASBL (BE), Critical Processes Ltd. (UK), Coressence Ltd. (UK), Laboratorios Admira sl. (ES), Bioaesis srl. (IT), Kamut Enterprises of Europe BVBA (BE), Bioactor BV (NL), Prodigest (BE), Nutrika doo (Serbia) and Fundacion Universitaria San Antonio de Cartagena (ES)

Project coordinator: Institute of Food Research
Lead researcher(s): Paul Kroon and Paul Finglas

European cardiovascular disease statistics 2012: http://www.ehnheart.org/cvd-statistics.html

CVD causes 47% (over 4 million) of deaths in Europe and 40% (over 1,9 million) in the European Union

Overall, CVD is estimated to cost the EU economy €195 billion a year (ca. £157 bn)

Of the total cost, 54% are direct medical care, 24% productivity losses (e.g. days off work, medical retirement) and 22% informal care (e.g. relatives and friends caring for patients, transport costs to hospital)

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