Special Issue "Food Processing, Cooking and the Digestive System Modify the Bioaccessibility of Bioactive Compounds in Foods"

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Engineering and Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 July 2023 | Viewed by 65

Special Issue Editors

Department of Life Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Via Amendola 2, 42100 Reggio Emilia, Italy
Interests: polyphenols; metabolism; digestion; bioactive peptides
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Department of Life Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Via Amendola 2, 42100 Reggio Emilia, Italy
Interests: biological activity of (poly)phenols and their corresponding metabolites produced in the body; study of the molecular mechanisms of interaction between (poly)phenols and enzymes; identification and bioactivity of peptides produced after digestion of dietary protein
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The health benefits of the bioactive compounds of foods from plant or animal sources mainly depend on their bioaccessibility and bioavailability. The potential of bioactive compounds to exert their effects relies on their release from the matrix, and changes during digestion, absorption, metabolism and biodistribution.

In vitro standardised methods to simulate the different phases of digestion, including large intestinal fermentation, are widely used and permit the bioaccessibility of bioactive compounds to be determined. These standardized methods allow results to be compared between different research groups and to deduce general findings.

In vitro standardised gastrointestinal digestion can also be used to evaluate the influence of different food processing technologies on bioactive compounds bioaccessibility. Storage and processing conditions are important factors influencing the bioaccessibility/bioavailability of bioactive compounds in food formulations, and it is, therefore, important to consider the role these processes play. This has prompted the food industry to evaluate and revise the composition of their processed foods, as well as their processing conditions and methods, in order to improve nutritional and health effects.

The study of how food processing technologies and digestion affect the bioaccessibility/bioavailability of bioactive compounds is important for a full understanding of how these molecules interact with human physiological and pathological processes.

Prof. Dr. Angela Conte
Dr. Davide Tagliazucchi
Dr. Serena Martini
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • bioactive compounds bioaccessibility 
  • digestion 
  • biodistribution 
  • cooking 
  • food processing

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