Medical research has shown that there are bioactives in black pepper and garlic that are known for their medicinal qualities. However, not all compounds within these spices have been uncovered or explored for their total health benefits, and not all varieties are equal.
Through a partnership with Brightseed, a biosciences data company and a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, Olam food ingredients, hopes to learn which varieties deliver the highest levels of bioactives.
Olam’s innovation team working at ingredient excellence centers in Fresno, California and Vietnam hope to discover exactly what health benefits exist in its US garlic and global black pepper varieties.
Brightseed will use its award-winning Forager® artificial intelligence platform to seek to identify complex molecular structures and novel compounds in these spice categories. Forager® seeks to pinpoint the specific mechanisms of plant bioactives that likely correlate to a direct health benefit, thereby decoding the health impact of plant-based bioactive compounds and increasing the scientific understanding of these spices’ qualities.