Special Issue "New Functional Food Ingredients to Improve Health"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Science and Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Isabel Rodríguez Amado
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Guest Editor
Food Processing Research Group, International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Av. Mestre José Veiga s/n, 4715-330 Braga, Portugal
Interests: biotechnology; functional foods; drug delivery; bioactive peptides; probiotics; obesity
Prof. Dr. Lorenzo M. Pastrana
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Guest Editor
Food Processing Research Group, International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Av. Mestre José Veiga s/n, 4715-330 Braga, Portugal
Interests: functional foods; bioactives; active and smart food packaging; oleogels; by-products valorization; food nanostructures; food texture; probiotics; gut-on-chip microfluidics; cell-based meat
Dr. Pablo Fuciños
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Guest Editor
Food Processing Research Group, International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Av. Mestre José Veiga s/n, 4715-330 Braga, Portugal
Interests: 3D food printing; active and smart food packaging; microbial enzymes; bioactives; functional foods; microalgae; food nanostructures; cell-based meat; enzyme technology; protein purification

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Food is no longer “just food”. Consumers increasingly demand foods which reduce or prevent food-related diseases, and one can now find anti-cholesterol, anti-hypertensive, and probiotic-containing foods and beverages already in the market. Further, functional foods improving physical, mental, or emotional wellbeing are foreseen by consumers and scientists, since the interplay between the diet and the microbiota–gut–brain axis is known to have a pivotal role in the metabolic, immune, and nervous systems.

The recovery of natural compounds bearing promising bioactivities is still the focus of many research efforts, including their purification from food wastes and by-products, and the prospect of new bioactivities from natural sources such as plants, animals, microorganisms and algae, among others. The implementation of these bioactives into functional foods/nutraceuticals is still limited by two major challenges: (i) stabilization of the bioactives and (ii) controlled release at the target site. The encapsulation of these bioactives can protect them from the food matrix and harsh gastrointestinal conditions, while also providing a selective release at different sites of the gastrointestinal tract by selecting adequate encapsulating materials.

The development of new functional food ingredients demands a comprehensive study of their production and characterization, their stabilization using food-grade polymers, and the testing of their functionality and bioaccesibility/bioavailability using in vitro tools or organ-on-a-chip technologies.


Dr. Isabel Rodríguez Amado
Prof. Dr. Lorenzo M. Pastrana
Dr. Pablo Fuciños
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • bioactive compounds
  • antioxidant
  • antidiabetic
  • probiotics
  • satiety
  • gut-brain axis
  • encapsulation
  • bioavailability
  • in vitro testing
  • stability

Published Papers

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