These concerns, driven by malnutrition and unhealthy nutrition, affect all societies. Obesity and overweight in particular are quickly progressing as a consequence of our lifestyles, and of the food available to us.
A healthy lifestyle is no longer about getting the right amount of calories, it is more about getting the right nutrients at the right time. Everybody wants to live a healthy and active life for as long as possible. Understanding consumers is vital to developing solutions that can be used every day.
We know that investments in Research and Development are the only way to find better food solutions that will solve these problems and help people live healthier lives. The best investment for tomorrow is therefore the Research and Development we do today.
We need a fundamental understanding of the human body and the effects and roles of essential nutrients in order to develop beneficial nutritional products. This includes human development, prevention and curing of medical conditions and diseases. We also leverage our strong heritage of excellence in science and engineering.
In 2012, BASF launched the Asia Research Grant. The program grants awarded to researchers in Asia Pacific to study nutritional topics relevant for Asian-Pacific demographics and diets. This strategic platform is also a collaboration between BASF, researchers and manufacturers coming together to investigate and gather first-hand findings in new research areas.
BASF has established two scientific advisory boards with the world's leading independent scientists. They help us assess the most promising innovation ideas for our current and potential ingredients and advanced health solutions.