Special Issue "Food, Nutrition and Health"

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Nutrition and Public Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Marjukka Kolehmainen
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Guest Editor
Department of Clinical Nutrition, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
Interests: health effects of foods; nutrition; food induced gut function; interaction between physiological and psychological responses
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Dr. Anna Kårlund
Guest Editor
Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition, University of Eastern Finland, P.O. Box 1627, FI-70211 Kuopio, Finland
Interests: the quality of dietary proteins; food matrix–human physiology interactions; in vitro digestion models; metabolomics in food and nutrition

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Substances and molecular derivatives travelling along the digestive tract within the food matrix may have long-term effects on human health. These effects can be related to, for instance, the bioavailability of essential nutrients and bioactive compounds, intestinal cell function and metabolism, and the composition and dynamics of human gut and oral microbiota. The interactions between the diet and metabolic events (both human and microbial) can be monitored via marker molecules present in human secretions, biofluids, and tissues. However, sampling of blood, muscle or adipose tissue, or intestinal content, for example, can be highly invasive and demanding, especially for subjects from special groups, such as children and the elderly. Thus, non-invasive sampling and imaging procedures have been developed to reduce the unnecessary inconvenience to study participants and researchers, and to improve overall research ethics. In addition, sophisticated in vitro and in silico models may also be valuable tools in order to minimize the discomfort caused to laboratory animals and human subjects in the field of food and nutrition science.

Thus, the focus of this Special Issue is on: 1) the food-borne exposure of the dynamic human digestive system to pollutants and natural or synthetic anti-nutritional factors; and 2) non-invasive sampling methods and imaging tools applied in research on clinical nutrition and human microbiota. We welcome original research articles, short communications, and reviews/mini-reviews related, but not limited, to:

  • changes in food digestion kinetics and/or microbiota dynamics and metabolism after food-borne exposures;
  • stabile isotope tracers in clinical nutrition;
  • optical imaging tools in food and nutrition science;
  • dietary and health biomarkers in urine, saliva, and sweat;
  • in vitro digestion models in dietary exposure research; and
  • in silico models for nutritional research.

Dr. Anna Kårlund
Prof. Marjukka Kolehmainen
Guest Editors

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  • clinical nutrition
  • microbiota dynamics
  • food-borne exposures
  • digestion kinetics
  • non-invasive techniques
  • optical imaging
  • modeling.

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Nutritional Education Is an Effective Tool in Improving Beverage Assortment in Nurseries in Poland
Healthcare 2021, 9(3), 274; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9030274 - 03 Mar 2021
The aim of the study was to assess the impact of education on improving the assortment of beverages served in nurseries in Poland. This analysis focused on beverages served to children with meals and between meals. We examined: water, tea, juices, soft/fruit drinks, [...] Read more.
The aim of the study was to assess the impact of education on improving the assortment of beverages served in nurseries in Poland. This analysis focused on beverages served to children with meals and between meals. We examined: water, tea, juices, soft/fruit drinks, compote, milk, cocoa, and coffee substitute. The study involved 93 nurseries enrolled in the Eating Healthy, Growing Healthy project and was conducted from 2015 to 2017. Nutritional education was carried out by dieticians or nutritionists and included 24 h of lectures given to the staff of nurseries. Training was conducted in a form of workshops that were divided into 12 topics. Additionally, consultations regarding infants and young children nutrition were available to the staff. Typically, education training was completed within 1–2 months in each nursery. The effectiveness of education was verified based on data on beverage supply in 186 ten-day menus, 1860 daily inventory reports before (at baseline), and 3–6 months after staff training (post baseline). Data were analyzed in a total group, and separately for public and non-public nurseries. Statistical analyses for categorical variables were done with Chi2 Pearson test. The differences were considered significant at p < 0.05. After education, a significant increase in the supply of water as a beverage served with meals was observed in all nurseries (68% vs. 87%; p = 0.002), both in public (72% vs. 90%, p = 0.036) and non-public (62% vs. 84%, p = 0.017) ones. Moreover, a decrease in served tea was noted: in all nurseries (71% vs. 44%, p < 0.001) and in public nurseries (77% vs. 42%, p < 0.001). Water was available between meals in almost all nurseries. Nutritional education for staff is an important tool for improving adherence to the nutritional recommendation in the case of core beverage supply in Polish nurseries. Full article
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