Special Issue "Food Additives and Sustainability"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019.
Dr. Patricia Morales
The advancement of science is essential to the food industry, and, likewise, this industry is pivotal to mankind, thus, sustainability in food science is the guarantee that food will be delivered worldwide in the finest conditions of hygiene and safety. Food additives play an essential role in this industry by conferring special traits to food, namely to preserve, colour, sweeten or carry out other technologic purposes. Today, the industry relies primarily on synthetic or artificial additives, and, in some cases natural molecules are allowed. These are either harvested from plants or mimicked from their natural counterparts. Inversely, consumer preferences tend to favor natural food additives, thus increasing their research, further pressurizing the industry and governing bodies to loosen legislation. Concomitantly, consumer awareness of pollution and environmental changes resulting from the food industry is increasing, to which the additive production industry contributes towards, either through the synthesis of toxic compounds, use of hazardous chemicals and solvents, treatment of resulting by-products and finally by use of non-renewable resources for their manufacture.
The transition to natural food additives has already started, namely with the introduction of rosemary extract as a preservative, but also the use of steviol glycosides as sweeteners and various natural pigments as colouring agents. This natural revolution has promoted the pursuit of new natural compounds and the increase of their production yields and stability. Still, this is only the dawn of natural food additives, and a long road lies ahead.
Accordingly, this special issue will accept research involving:
- Sustainable production of crops, microorganisms and animals as raw material for food additive production
- Chemical characterization of natural food additives
- Sustainable/alternative processes of additive production
- Analytical methods of food additive determination
- Additive interaction with food matrices
- Bio-based/functional food ingredients
- Biochemical impacts of food additives in the human body
- Toxicology and pharmacokinetics of food additives
- Consumer studies
- Food additive policy and legislation
Dr. Márcio Carocho
Dr. Isabel C.F.R. Ferreira
Dr. Patricia Morales
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Natural food additives
- sustainable additives
- food chemistry and technology
- sustainable processes