Special Issue "Beverage Intake in Vulnerable Population Groups"

A special issue of Beverages (ISSN 2306-5710).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Maria Kapsokefalou

Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece
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Interests: hydration needs and hydration habits in humans; food and nutrition policies; nutrition in vulnerable population groups; food security

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Variety in beverage consumption contributes to reaching euhydration. However, the ability to access, purchase, prepare and drink a variety of beverages may be hindered in vulnerable population groups; these may include children, pregnant or breastfeeding women, individuals with physical or mental disabilities, elderly, ethnic minorities, refugees, or financially deprived individuals.

Qualitative and/or quantitative studies that evaluate beverage intake and identify barriers in vulnerable population groups are needed to develop education initiatives and public health policies towards euhydration for all.

Prof. Dr. Maria Kapsokefalou
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • children
  • elderly
  • disability
  • economic crisis
  • refugees
  • interventions

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Open AccessArticle Phytochemical Properties and Heavy Metal Contents of Commonly Consumed Alcoholic Beverages Flavouredwith Herbal Extract in Nigeria
Received: 20 May 2018 / Revised: 31 July 2018 / Accepted: 6 August 2018 / Published: 14 August 2018
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There is proliferation of alcoholic beverages flavoured with herbal-extracts that are perceived to have medicinal values. Information on the phytochemical and heavy metal contents of these products is scarce. This study assessed the phytochemical properties and heavy metal contents of herbal-extract flavoured alcoholic
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There is proliferation of alcoholic beverages flavoured with herbal-extracts that are perceived to have medicinal values. Information on the phytochemical and heavy metal contents of these products is scarce. This study assessed the phytochemical properties and heavy metal contents of herbal-extract flavoured alcoholic beverages in major motor parks in Ibadan, Nigeria. The phytochemical properties of the beverages were determined in triplicate using standard methods, while the heavy metal contents were assessed while using atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, and means were compared using ANOVA at p < 0.05.The pH range of the beverages was 3.28–6.57 and the alcohol content was 34.0–51.5%. Detected major phytochemicals and concentration ranges were phytic acid (0.72–2.37 mg/g), alkaloids (0.42–4.11 mg/g), flavonoids (0.22–3.64 mg rutin equivalents/g), total phenols (1.13–3.66 mg gallic acid equivalents/g), anthraquinones (0.74–1.93 mg/g),and triterpenoids (0.74–1.93 mg/g). The heavy metal contents were Pb (2.13–4.70 mg/L), Cd (0.06–0.07 mg/L), Co (0.12–0.23 mg/L), Zn (0.14–0.40 mg/L), and Fe (0.72–4.22 mg/L); only Pb and Cd were above the World Health Organization (WHO) limits of 0.01 mg/L and 0.03 mg/L in water, respectively. The herbal-extract flavoured alcoholic beverages contain beneficial phytochemicals and traces of heavy metals. Safety awareness of these products for improved consumers’ health would be of public health importance. Full article
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