Nutritional Value and Phytochemical Composition of Plant Foods

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Phytochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 November 2024 | Viewed by 84

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Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Science, University of Torino, Largo Braccini 2, Grugliasco, 10095 Turin, Italy
Interests: plant foods; agrifood application and its nutritional properties; analytical strategies for phytochemical and nutritional characterization
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Interest in the phytochemical composition and nutritional value of plant-based foods has increased due to their potential health-promoting properties. This Special Issue aims to explore and characterize the bioactive compounds and nutrients in several plant-based sources and natural food supplements, highlighting their potential roles in human health and disease prevention. The nutritional profile of plant foods includes fiber, mineral elements, micro- and macronutrients, and essential vitamins, contributing to overall well-being. Moreover, some classes of phytochemicals, such as polyphenols and carotenoids, influence the anti-cancer activity, anti-inflammatory properties, and antioxidant capacity of these foods. This Special Issue also aims to evaluate and describe the main techniques and methodologies used to extract, analyze, and quantify the nutritional substances and bioactive molecules in plant foods and natural food supplements; define innovative analytical strategies to better characterize the complex composition of these plant-based matrices; and highlight the importance of a multivariate and multidisciplinary approach to assess the health-positive effects derived from plant food consumption, particularly against diabetes, cancers, and cardiovascular disorders. Insights into the impact of cooking and processing methods on nutrient and phytochemical bioavailability will also be discussed and provided.

Dr. Dario Donno
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • natural foods
  • nutritional value
  • phytochemical composition
  • plant-based food nutrients
  • antioxidants
  • analytical strategies
  • sustainable extraction methods
  • health benefits

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