Fish protein as a dietary supplement




Guðjón Þorkelsson, Margrét Geirsdóttir, Ragnar Jóhannsson, Sigurður Hauksson, Sjöfn Sigurgísladóttir, Arnljótur Bjarki Bergsson

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Guðjón Þorkelsson

Strategic Scientist

Fish protein as a dietary supplement

The market for food supplements and health products is growing and such products are now a larger part of people's nutrition than before. Dietary supplements are foods that are intended as a supplement to a regular diet. Proteins in supplements and health products are mainly made from milk and vegetable proteins. The nutritional composition of fish proteins is optimal as a dietary supplement, but development and research to produce them with the properties that are considered the most optimal for dietary supplements has been lacking. By processing food supplements from fish, it would be possible to increase the value of the raw material. The aim of the project was to develop fish proteins that were used as dietary supplements. Matís' project network has been built with an emphasis on protein and protein products.

The market for nutritional supplements and health beneficial products is increasing as such products play bigger role in people's nutrition. Nutritional supplements are food products intended as an addition to normal diet. Currently proteins in the aforementioned products are mainly processed soy proteins. Fish proteins contain many promising nutritional qualities, but development and research on producing them with the most favorable attributes have not been completed yet. If it were possible to produce nutritional supplements from fish, the catch value could be increased. The aim of this project was to develop fish proteins that could be used as food supplements. On the basis of the project a network of various projects with emphasis on protein and protein products of fish origin has been established at Matís.

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