Special Issue "Ultra Processed Foods and Disease Risk"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Nutrition and Public Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 March 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Amelia Martí
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Guest Editor
Full Professor in Human Physiology. Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Physiology, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain
Interests: children obesity; Mediterranean diet; adiposity; nutrition; lifestyle intervention studies; genetic and epigenetic markers of obesity; telomere length

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Poor eating habits, such as the increased consumption of highly processed products, have led to an obesity epidemic. Obesity not only increases an individual’s risk of serious diseases but is also a huge cost and serious challenge for public health systems.

Alongside the obesity epidemic, there has been a rise in the consumption of ultra-processed foods. Such products, which include savory snacks, reconstituted meat products, pre-prepared frozen dishes, and soft drinks, now account for between 25% and 50 % of the total daily energy intake. Therefore, it is crucial to investigate the association between this type of food and the onset of obesity and non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, respiratory disease, or cancer.

The focus of this Special Issue is on ultra-processed food and the development of non-communicable chronic diseases and disease risk, as well as the underlying mechanisms that explain the biological effects of these foods. Expanding our knowledge base in this area will be helpful for refining future dietary recommendations for health promotion.

Prof. Dr. Amelia Martí
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • highly processed products
  • ultra-processed food
  • minimally processed foods
  • soft drinks
  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • cancer
  • cardiovascular risk

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Name: Jose Ordovas
Affiliation: JM-USDA-HNRCA at Tufts University
Topic/Title: Processed food in the ENRICA study

Name: Pilar Guallar
Affiliation: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Topic/Title: Processed food and cardiovascular risk

Name: Pilar Amiano
Affiliation: Unidad Vigilancia Epidemiológica, Subdirección de Salud Pública de Gipuzkoa, Epic-Project San Sebastian, Public Health Division of Gipuzkoa
Topic/Title: Processed food and cancer risk

Name: Miguel Angel Martinez
Affiliation: U. of Navarra
Topic/Title: Processed food and all causes morbidity

Name: Amelia Marti
Affiliation: U. of Navarra
Topic/Title: Processed food, obesity and telomere lenght

Name: Maria Angeles Zulet
Affiliation: U. of Navarra
Topic/Title: Processed food and fatty liver disease

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