About

HealthFerm is a European research project investigating innovative pulse and cereal-based food fermentations together with the health effects and consumer perception of novel fermented foods.

Fermented foods have gained a reputation for being beneficial to health. However, with the exception of yoghurt and other cultured dairy products, little concrete evidence exists for the actual health benefits of fermented foods. Therefore, the HealthFerm project performs several human intervention studies to better understand the interaction between food fermentation microbiomes, fermented grain-based foods and the human gut microbiome and how they support human health. A community-science approach plays a vital part in collecting diverse food fermentation microbiomes used to design innovative fermented plant-based foods with optimal health benefits.

Key facts

1 September 2022

22 Partners

4 Years

13.11 Mil. €

Our Mission

HealthFerm aims for improved knowledge on the interaction between food fermentation microbiomes, fermented grain-based foods and the human gut microbiome and how it benefits human health while developing novel, healthy and nutritious fermented foods based on pulses and cereals alongside.

Our Vision

HealthFerm is committed to transitioning towards a more sustainable global food system by setting new standards for individual, societal and planetary health through the increased and more resource-efficient use of plant-based raw materials in foods.