Special Issue "Rise of Plant-Based Functional Foods"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2024 | Viewed by 1009
Interests: essential oils; microemulsions; emulsions; nanoemulsions hydrocolloides; spray drying; GC-MS analysis; dairy flavors; natural antimicrobials; encapsulation
There is a growing interest worldwide to replace animal-based food with plant-based food for different reasons. Vegetarians and vegans, for example, adopt a plant-based diet to show their compassion towards animals and demonstrate objection to the intensive rearing in factory farms, where animals receive a cruel treatment. In addition, a plant-based diet is far more sustainable, as we can feed more people with plant-based foods by reducing animal farming that consumes staple foods, such as grain. This is clearly illustrated by the fact that, for every 10 Kg of protein fed to animals in the form of grains, only 1 Kg of animal protein is produced. Moreover, from an environmental point of view, animal farming is a polluting business because livestock largely contribute to greenhouse phenomena that lead to global warning by producing large amounts of methane every day. These reasons, with even more to come in the future, are the driving force for the growing interest in plant-based foods as one of the solutions for the sustainability of people’s life on our planet.
Academia and scientific research should also be involved in this gradual transformation toward plant-based food. This can be achieved by developing functional plant-based diets that sustain health and promote wellbeing. There will be different challenges confronting food researchers during their endeavor. One challenge is related to the acceptability of plant-based functional diets from the view point of consumers who are much more interested in texture, flavor and mouth feel beside functionality. Therefore, this Special Issue is considered as a step ahead to the future of plant-based functional food research and development.
Prof. Dr. Amr Edris
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- plant-derived food
- health effects