Valio's research into nutrition focuses mainly on the research and development of functional foods.
Functional food products are intended for daily use. As well as beneficial nutritional composition they carry qualities that advance health, increase well-being or decrease the risk of specific illnesses.
Health effects are studied both in clinical tests and using experimental methods that examine the mechanisms of action.
Clinical research that withstands scientific critique
Valio sets demanding research criteria:
Researched product compared to a placebo - a similar product without the effective ingredient.
Randomised studies - which product each test subject eats is determined randomly.
Double-blind tests - neither the test subject nor the researcher knows which product each test subject eats.
Efficacy has been shown in at least two independent studies.
Efficacy has been shown with the recommended daily dose of the product.