Special Issue "Influence of Carbohydrates Intake on Inflammation"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Nutritional Epidemiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 October 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. David C. Nieman
Website SciProfiles
Guest Editor
1. Department of Biology, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608, USA;
2. Director of the Human Performance Laboratory,North Carolina Research Campus,Kannapolis, NC 28081, USA
Interests: sports nutrition; exercise; immunology; inflammation; obesity; metabolomics; proteomics; lipid mediators
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Dietary carbohydrates come in many forms, including monosaccharides (glucose, galactose, fructose, xylose), disaccharides (sucrose, lactose, maltose, trehalose), polyols (sorbitol, mannitol), oligosaccharides (maltodextrins, raffinose, stachyose, fructo-oligosaccharides), and polysaccharides (amylose, amylopectin, modified starches, glycogen, cellulose, hemicellulose, pectins, hydrocolloids). Epidemiological and randomized clinical trials indicate that systemic inflammation undergirds most of the common chronic diseases and can be linked in part to dietary patterns and the types of carbohydrates consumed. Healthy dietary patterns high in dietary fiber and low in processed sugars have been linked to decreased serum C-reaction protein (CRP) and other biomarkers of inflammation. Conversely, diets high in processed sugars and refined starches promote chronic low-grade inflammation. The physiological context, however, is important when evaluating the relationship between dietary carbohydrates and inflammation. For example, individuals running and cycling for prolonged distances experience reduced post-exercise inflammation when ingesting 20–60 grams of sugars each hour. By contrast, very low carbohydrate diets may reduce inflammation in overweight individuals with the metabolic syndrome because they have an inherent inability to process carbohydrates in a healthy manner. This Special Issue will include manuscripts that focus on the complex relationship between dietary carbohydrates and inflammation across all physiological and disease states.

Prof. Dr. David C. Nieman
Guest Editor

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  • Inflammation
  • Carbohydrates
  • Cytokines
  • C-reactive protein
  • Exercise
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Sugars
  • Dietary fiber
  • Oligosaccharides
  • Polysaccharides
  • Polyols

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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