Special Issue "The Science of Vegetarian Nutrition and Health"
A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 November 2017).
Interests: nutritional epidemiology; phytochemicals; dietary pattern; biomarkers; cardiometabolic risk; cancer
The purpose of this Special Issue, “The Science of Vegetarian Nutrition and Health”, is (1) to identify biomarkers of intake of plant foods, (2) to evaluate nutrient adequacy and dietary sources of protein, fatty acids or phytochemicals in vegetarian populations, and (3) to identify novel approaches to evaluating vegetarian diets, with the goal to advance vegetarian nutrition science. We know from the literature the health benefits of vegetarian diets through studies that examine the associations of vegetarian diets with disease, mortality, and clinical intermediates of disease (e.g., body weight, BMI, lipids, inflammation). However, the definition of what a vegetarian diet is remains elusive. While comparisons of nutrient or food intake profiles between vegetarian and non-vegetarian diets are valuable, they need to be supplemented by empirical data using biomarkers of intake, as often, dietary intake do not represent concentrations in blood or recovery in urine due to factors unrelated to diet. Combining both intake and biomarker data will add depth to the definition of what a vegetarian diet is, and, as such, have implications on study design that may advance vegetarian nutrition science more expeditiously.
We invite papers that address any of the following topics related to vegetarian diets:
Biomarkers of intake associated with specific plant foods or vegetarian diets
Nutrient adequacy and dietary sources of protein, n-3 and n-6 fatty acids, or phytochemicals and their associations with clinical intermediates/outcomes in populations consuming plant-based diets
Development or evaluation of vegetarian diet scores/indices/dietary patterns and their associations with risk factors of disease, epigenetic events, cognition, or chronic disease
Exposure to vegetarian diets over time (e.g., life course approach) and their associations with risk factors of disease
Novel approaches to evaluate the balance between plant vs animal foods, or natural vs processed foods and their associations with demographic and lifestyle factors, or risk factors of disease
Assoc. Prof. Karen Jaceldo-Siegl
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- Vegetarian diets
- Plant-based diets
- Biomarkers of intake
- Life course
- Intermediate markers of disease
- Risk factors
- Epigenetic events
- Natural and processed foods