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Project: Gastro-intestinal behaviour of phytosterols and enzymatic modification thereof

01/02/11 – 31/01/13

Phytosterols are known for their cholesterol lowering effect. This effect is explained by the fact that phytosterols prevent the cholesterol uptake without being absorbed themselves. They remain in the gastro-intestinal tract and finally end up in the colon. This study investigates the behavior of phytosterols in the colon. Secondly, phytosterols are enzymatically modified so that they obtain new physical-chemical properties.