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Published: 2021-06-17

Unique baby food project sparks huge media interest

NEWS The food we eat in our first few years of life greatly impacts our long-term health. But how do we get children to like vegetables? In her PhD project for the Industrial Doctoral School for Research and Innovation at Umeå University, dietitian and gastronomist Ulrica Johansson has immersed herself in optimised supplementary food for young children.

Text: Ingrid Söderbergh

Working alongside her project collaborator Semper, Ulrica Johansson’s research involves investigating a number of important collaborative health factors in 6 to 18 months old infants, with a focus on healthy Nordic food. These factors include growth, nutritional status, gut microbiota, eating behaviour, food intake and body composition.

“When a child is between four months and up to a year old, the brain is susceptible to bitter and acidic tastes”, says Ulrica Johansson, who conducts her doctoral studies at the Department of Clinical Science and the Industrial Doctoral School at Umeå University.

In the media

Ulrika Johansson was a guest on SVT morgonstudio on the 15 March via video link. SVT Västerbottensnytt also hosted a chat where many viewers shared their experiences and opinions

She also did an interview with TT prior to Easter. This has had a huge impact in the media. Both in online and printed magazines.