Special Issue "Natural Additives in Food"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2019
The controversy and ambiguity related with chemical additives, allied to sporadic scares, have paved the way for natural additives to gain interest and funding. Today, most consumers prefer foods added with natural additives, rather than artificial ones, which is seen by the food industry as an opportunity to find new and more efficient natural-based solutions, while fighting to reduce the overall use of additives, producing minimally processed goods. The benefits of natural additives are endless, their synergy and effectiveness are a great leap over artificial additives that carry out, in most cases, only one effect over the food.
The plant and fungi kingdoms are great sources of bioactive compounds, that can be used to develop natural food ingredients. These natural compounds can be added as extracts, taking advantage of the synergistic effects between compounds, or as individual molecules, after purification, thus adding the most bioactive ones to the foodstuff. Although quite promising, natural additives still face some drawbacks and limitations. Therefore, an important research topic is the discovery of new alternative sources of natural additives fulfilling the different classes: preservatives (antimicrobials, antioxidants and anti-brownings), nutritional additives, coloring agents, flavoring agents, texturizing agents and miscellaneous agents.
This Special Issue “Natural Additives in Food” invites researchers to contribute with original research or review articles related to natural ingredients for food applications, including natural compounds obtained from plants, mushrooms, marine and bee products, extraction procedures, chemical identification, stabilization techniques, and food incorporation.
Dr. Lillian Barros
Prof. Dr. Isabel C.F.R. Ferreira
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Bio-based compounds
- Extraction procedures
- Chemical characterization
- Food incorporation
- Stabilization techniques
- Functional foods