Unraveling the Nexus of Food Processing, Digestion, and Health

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2024) | Viewed by 138

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Institute of Food Science, Technology and Nutrition (ICTAN), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Jose Antonio Novais 10, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: grains; peptides; phenolic compounds; nutritional characterization; protein quality and digestibility; bioavailability of food compounds; bioactivity; germination; fermentation; enzymatic treatments
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Institute of Food Science, Technology and Nutrition (ICTAN), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Jose Antonio Novais 6, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: grains; germination; fermentation; nutritional value; bioactive compounds; food quality and safety; gluten-free grain-derived products; celiac disease
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The nexus between good food and good health is widely acknowledged as fundamental. However, transformative shifts in global food systems during recent decades have yielded considerable adverse effects on health and well-being. These repercussions range from food insecurity and chronic diseases to environmental degradation, reduced economic opportunities, and the erosion of cultural values. Importantly, these impacts are not uniform and are experienced disparately across the globe and among diverse groups, contributing to disparities in health outcomes and social inequalities.

The health impacts generated by food systems are severe, widespread, and closely linked to industrial food and farming practices. An urgent case for reforming industrial food practices can be made on the grounds of protecting human health. This Special Issue aims to explore the intricate relationship between the methods by which we transform raw ingredients into consumable delights, the physiological processes that occur during digestion, and the subsequent impact on human health.

Authors are invited to submit original research articles, reviews, and perspectives addressing the multidimensional aspects of food processing, digestion, and health. Manuscripts exploring the interdisciplinary nature of this topic are particularly encouraged.

Dr. Cristina Martínez-Villaluenga
Dr. Elena Peñas Pozo
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Foods is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2900 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • health impacts
  • food insecurity
  • chronic diseases
  • food processing
  • bioactivity
  • bioaccessibility
  • nutrients
  • bioactive compounds
  • digestion

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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