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14. Oct 2020

Rapeseed instead of soy burgers: researchers identify a new source of protein for humans

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Here you find the doctoral student’s profile of Christin Volk. She published results of her doctoral studies at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and shared the research more widely with a press release.

C. Volk in the lab

About the author:

  • Christin Volk
  • Research area(s): Human Metabolism
  • Institute for Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences (link), MLU

Field(s) of expertise during doctoral studies:

  • Postprandial metabolism
  • Plant proteins
  • Inorganic phosphate

Curriculum Vitae

  • Doctoral studies in the group “Human Nutrition” of Prof. Dr. Gabriele Stangl at MLU
  • Master in Nutrional Sciences at MLU Halle in 2017

Challenges, rewards and contribution

Q: What was your most important contribution to the publication?
A: I contributed in the planning and the conduction of two human intervention studies as well as in the analysis of the samples. After finishing the studies, I took part in the discussion and publication of our results.

Q: What was challenging and what was a rewarding moment during your work presented in the publication?
A: The most challenging task was the conduction of the studies. Due to the study design there were many participants at once to handle and every participant needed to stick exactly to his/her schedule. While the rewarding moment was when I successfully published the first study with satisfying results. Additionally, some national and international journals published small articles about our findings.

Significance of publication

Rapeseed has the potential to replace soy as the best plant-based source of protein for humans. In a current study, nutrition scientists at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), found that rapeseed protein consumption has comparable beneficial effects on human metabolism as soy protein. The glucose metabolism and satiety were even better. Another advantage: The proteins can be obtained from the by-products of rapeseed oil production.

from press release no. 140/2020 of September 30, 2020.

Related publication

Volk, C.; Brandsch, C.; Schlegelmilch, U.; Wensch-Dorendorf, M.; Hirche, F.; Simm, A.; Gargum, O.; Wiacek, C.; Braun, P.G.; Kopp, J.F.; Schwerdtle, T.; Treede, H.; Stangl, G.I. 
Postprandial Metabolic Response to Rapeseed Protein in Healthy Subjects. 
Nutrients 12, 2270 (2020) doi: 10.3390/nu12082270

About this profile

Doctoral students contribute significantly to publications highlighted by the MLU press office in many cases. These early stage researchers and their work in connection with the publication are in the focus of this profiles by InGrA.

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