New Insights into Food Ingredients for Human Health Promotion

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 July 2024 | Viewed by 98

Special Issue Editors

Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering—Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials (LSRE-LCM), Faculdade de Engenharia, Universidade do Porto, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Interests: pickering emulsions; microencapsulation; extraction; food chemistry; functional foods; high value-added products
Centro de Investigação de Montanha (CIMO) and Laboratório para a Sustentabilidade e Tecnologia em Regiões de Montanha (SusTEC), Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Campus de Santa Apolónia, 5300-253 Bragança, Portugal
Interests: biobased products; natural functional ingredients and applications; nano and microencapsulation; polyurethane chemistry; hybrid and composite materials
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Applied Sciences, entitled “New Insights into Food Ingredients for Human Health Promotion”, invites the submission of papers for publication. This Special Issue aims to collect articles addressing scientific advances in the extraction, characterization, and stabilization of bioactive ingredients that have been applied in the food industry as potential health promoters, i.e., in the development of functional, fortified and excipient foods. Currently, there is increasing consumer demand for safe, functional and sustainable foods, resulting in new requirements and challenges for the food industry. In this way, the food industry is being forced to innovate by reformulating the existing formulations or creating novel ones. In this context, bioactive ingredients are crucial as they can be applied to develop safe products with a long shelf life, replace synthetic ingredients, and be employed as health enhancers in food and beverages. Additionally, bioactive ingredients can be extracted from natural sources, contributing to the circular economy and minimizing environmental impacts. Despite the benefits of bioactive ingredients, further efforts are required in order to overcome the extraction and stabilization constraints. As a result, there is growing interest in unconventional techniques for extracting natural compounds by employing ionic liquids or employing techniques such as supercritical fluid and microwave extraction. The main aim of this field is to maximise selectivity and retain the substances of interest. The application of novel approaches for bioactive ingredient stabilization that target green production alternatives and/or explore natural polymers and particles are of interest in this Special Issue. Thus, this Special Issue of the Applied Sciences journal welcomes research and review articles on this topic.

Dr. Andreia Ribeiro
Prof. Dr. Filomena Barreiro
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • bioactive ingredients
  • natural active compounds
  • extraction
  • emulsions
  • Pickering particles
  • microencapsulation
  • fortified foods
  • technologies

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