Special Issue "Healthy Benefits of Nutraceutical, Phytochemicals in Agricultural Products"
A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2012).
Interests: food chemistry; functional foods; bioactive food components; lipids; antioxidants; health
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals
Interests: anthocyanins; carotenoids; nutrition; phytochemicals; staple crops; vegetables
Functional foods and beverages, along with dietary supplements have received excellent growth in market share for North American, Asia Pacific and European food and natural health product companies. This success can be attributed mostly to the enhanced recognition by consumers on the importance of a healthy diet and the search for value-added food products which can offer potential health benefits. In addition to the increased awareness on the link between human health and diet, other trend drivers influencing growth of the function food industry include aging consumer populations; government recognized pressures to reduce healthcare costs, scientific improvements on evaluating safety and efficacy of newly formulated products, and finally increased interest by manufactures to establish distinct differentiation in their products.
The role of Agriculture in meeting the challenges of identifying and securing globalization of functional ingredients for healthy human diets has evolved from the traditional production of raw food products and food processing. The modernization of methods used to recover high quality food ingredients from traditional crop sources, combined with advances in novel food engineering technologies that ensure purity, functionality and thus efficacy for use in food formulations, underpin the activities required for new functional food products to establish regulatory approval and introduction of product-specific health claims.
This issue will bring together the interface between Agriculture and Human Health as it relates to the standards of evidence presently available for employing bioactive ingredients derived from stable agricultural crops, for use in functional food product development and enhanced human nutrition for today’s consumer.
Prof. Dr. David D. Kitts
Prof. Dr. Sherry A. Tanumihardjo
- bioactive phytochemicals
- healthy benefits
- metabolic syndrome