Special Issue "Editorial Board Members’ Collection Series in “Thought for Food: Diet and Gut Health”"

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Nutraceuticals, Functional Foods, and Novel Foods".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2024 | Viewed by 457

Special Issue Editors

1. MAS Microbiota Group, Faculty of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Universidad Europea de Madrid, Villaviciosa de Odón, 28670 Madrid, Spain
2. Department of Nutrition and Food Science, School of Pharmacy, Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: effect of single foods, food ingredients, and diets on gut microbiota and its relationship with health (sport performance) and illness (obesity, dementia, and cancer survivors); markers of oxidative stress and inflammation in cell culture (bacterial and human), animal models, and human trials
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College of Food Science and Technology, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China
Interests: tea; dietary carbohydrates; functional foods; food nanotechnology; gut microbiota

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The gut microbiota performs a fundamental role in the promotion of host health, influencing most of our physiological processes due to its metabolic role, influence on the immune system and the intestinal barrier, and the microbiota–brain communication axis. Diet is one of the factors that most influences the microbial ecosystem and can enhance its diversity and the presence of health-beneficial microorganisms, but it can also promote a less-diverse microbial ecosystem with lower functionality and the presence of bacteria that contribute to disease. For these reasons, diet emerges as an essential tool for microbiota modification and health promotion. However, although there are dietary patterns that benefit the microbiota and host’s health in general, the individual responses depend on gut microbiota; thus, it is necessary to direct research towards the personalization of diets based on gut microbiota, establishing its influence on the microbiota network to obtain the best results.

Prof. Dr. Mar Larrosa
Prof. Dr. Xiaoxiong Zeng
Guest Editors

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  • diet–microbiota interactions
  • microbiota network
  • personalized nutrition/diet
  • host response
  • inflammation

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Pectin from Citrus unshiu Marc. Alleviates Glucose and Lipid Metabolism by Regulating the Gut Microbiota and Metabolites
Foods 2023, 12(22), 4094; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods12224094 - 11 Nov 2023
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The effects of pectin from Citrus unshiu Marc. on glycolipid metabolism, the morphologies of the pancreas and epididymal fat, the gut microbiota, and the metabolites of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) in db/db mice were investigated in this study. The results indicated that pectin [...] Read more.
The effects of pectin from Citrus unshiu Marc. on glycolipid metabolism, the morphologies of the pancreas and epididymal fat, the gut microbiota, and the metabolites of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) in db/db mice were investigated in this study. The results indicated that pectin reduced the levels of fasting blood glucose, glycated serum protein, triglycerides, total cholesterol, and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol while increasing the levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Meanwhile, pectin could improve the morphology of islet cells and inhibit the hypertrophy of adipocytes. Additionally, pectin not only regulated the intestinal flora dysbiosis in db/db mice, as shown by the increasing proportion of Firmicutes/Bacteroidetes and the relative abundance of Ligilactobacillus, Lactobacillus, and Limosilactobacillus, but also remedied the metabolic disorder of SCFAs in db/db mice. These results suggest that pectin could promote glucose and lipid metabolism by regulating the intestinal flora with changes in SCFA profile. This study proves that pectin might serve as a new prebiotic agent to prevent the disorder of glycolipid metabolism. Full article
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