Topical Advisory Panel Members’ Collection Series: Functional Foods

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Science and Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2024 | Viewed by 2306

Special Issue Editors

Food Institute, Kaunas University of Technology, LT 50254 Kaunas, Lithuania
Interests: new food products; functional food; food properties and acceptability; consumer research; methods to change consumers attitude to food; food losses and wastage in the food system; sustainability and circularity in the food system

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Functional foods are considered a food category with increased scientific interest, due to both their important implications in the food industry and their possible beneficial effects on human health. 

We are pleased to announce this Special Issue entitled “Topical Advisory Panel Members' Collection Series: Functional Foods”. This Special Issue will be a collection of papers from researchers invited by the Topical Advisory Panel Members, which aims to provide a venue for networking and communication between applied sciences and scholars in the field of functional foods and bioactive compounds in disease prevention and health promotion, as well as for recent trends regarding the production of innovative functional foods with possible health claims. All papers will be published with full open access after peer review.

Dr. Antonios E. Koutelidakis
Dr. Gitana Alenčikienė
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • functional foods
  • bioactive compounds
  • nutraceuticals
  • phytochemicals
  • health promotion
  • disease prevention

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Natural Functional Foods as a Part of the Mediterranean Lifestyle and Their Association with Psychological Resilience and Other Health-Related Parameters
Appl. Sci. 2023, 13(7), 4076; https://doi.org/10.3390/app13074076 - 23 Mar 2023
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Abstract
Natural Functional Foods (NFFs) are unprocessed foods with proven health benefits beyond their nutritional value. The Mediterranean Diet (MD) and Mediterranean Lifestyle (MEDILIFE) are well known for their beneficial effects on health. Psychological Resilience (PsyR) is not only an important factor in human [...] Read more.
Natural Functional Foods (NFFs) are unprocessed foods with proven health benefits beyond their nutritional value. The Mediterranean Diet (MD) and Mediterranean Lifestyle (MEDILIFE) are well known for their beneficial effects on health. Psychological Resilience (PsyR) is not only an important factor in human well-being; it is also regarded as a key indicator of mental health. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between NFFs and the MD and MEDILIFE in Greece, as well as their association with PsyR and other health-related parameters. In a cross-sectional design, 338 healthy adults participated voluntarily in an online research survey. There was a statistically significant association between the consumption of NFFs grown and produced in the Mediterranean region and the MD and MEDILIFE (p < 0.001). When the MD and MEDILIFE associated NFFs scores were summed up to form a 10-item scale (NAFFAME), the NAFFAME had a statistically significant positive correlation with PsyR (p < 0.001) and sleep quality (p < 0.05) and a negative correlation with body mass index (p < 0.001). There was also a statistically significant difference (p < 0.05) between the means of the NAFFAME score on different weight loss diet outcomes. Multinomial regression analysis identified the NAFFAME score as a prognostic factor in maintaining weight loss after a diet (OR: 1.119, 95% CI: 1.035, 1.208, p < 0.01 compared with no weight loss). This study identified NFFs as a part of the MD and MEDILIFE. NFFs linked to the MEDILIFE could help predict the outcome of a weight loss diet and appear to have a positive effect on PsyR, sleep quality, and maintaining a healthy weight. Thus, the consumption of NFFs grown and produced in the Mediterranean region could be a natural, healthy, and sustainable way of enhancing physical–mental health. Randomised controlled trials should be conducted to confirm the findings of this cross-sectional study. Full article
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