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(11)    Patent No :    AP 2039    (73) Applicant(s)       
(21)    Application No :    AP/P/2005/003331    UNILEVER  PLC, Unilever House, Blackfriars, London,       
            Greater London EC4P 4BQ,       
(22)    Filing Date :    26.11.2003    United Kingdom       
(24)    Date of Grant &    07.09.2009           
(45)    Publication :

(30)  Priority Data    (72) Inventors

    (33) Country    (31) Number    (32) Date    VAN KLINKEN Bernardus Jan-Willem, The   
    EP    02080659.2    20.12.2002    Netherlands       
    EP    03076736.2    04.06.2003    RISSELADA Christian Jacob, The Netherlands   
                SMORENBURG Hermanus Ebertus, Ghana   
                et al       
                (74) Representative   
(84)    Designated State           
    GH   KE   T Z            FISHER CORMACK & BOTHA   
(51)    International    Classification    A21D 2/26 (2006.01)    A21D 2/36 (2006.01)   
            A23L 1/168 (2006.01)       

(54)    Title

Food compositions for gut health comprising black tea

(57)    Abstract

The present invention provides the use of a cooked food product comprising black tea leaves, an extract of black tea or a mixture thereof, to maintain or improve microflora balance and/or to treat or prevent diarrhoea in a subject consuming the composit ion and wherein the black tea leaves or the extract of black tea is/are present in an unbound state. Also provided is a cooked food product which is a cookie, cake, bun, pastry, or porridge comprising said black

tea leaves, extract or mixture and a milk or milk based ingredient in an

(56)  Documents Cited :    US 6 068 862 A


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