"We are working on certain food ingredients, which provoke more satiety than others do on the long run, so that our partners can use them in food manufacturing," said Professor Robert-Jan Brummer, program director at TIFN.TIFN's research is currently funded by both the Dutch government and groups like the Anglo-Dutch food giant Unilever. Brummer says he hasn't seen a breakthrough in his research yet, but he thinks he will see one "in the next five years or so." Aside from the anti-obesity ingredients, TIFN is also developing food ingredients that can increase sensitivity to insulin in order to prevent obese people from developing diabetes.
"These products should trigger satiety and stop us eating more and more. They should also meet our dietary requirements, have a very good taste and be enjoyable to eat," he told Reuters.