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Bioactive Compounds in Vegetal Food Products: Health and Safety Concerns

Call for Papers

Medical advances and economic progress have increased significantly the average life expectancy and with it the concern about health and nutrition. Sedentary lifestyles and dietary factors contribute to the burden of illnesses and deaths. In fact, dietary factors are associated with 4 of the 10 leading causes of death: coronary heart disease, some types of cancer, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. This is one of the reasons why functional food appears, food which has increased or incorporated a component, nutrient, or bioactive compounds with selective effect on one or more functions of the organism with effect added above its nutritional value, justifying the positive effects that can be claimed due to its functional or healthy character.

Health aspects of bioactive compounds are an important value, which can be considered currently a competitive advantage as it can differentiate products in the market. EFSA requires health claims based on accepted scientific evidence, with full consideration of the scientific existence. However, some safety concerns face consumers due to vegetal food products that have not been properly labelled and/or because the wording is incomprehensible for general consumers.

This special issue is aimed at the improvement of the knowledge regarding health and safety concerns related to bioactive compounds from vegetable food products and their implications on health and the reduction of disease risk and will accept original and relevant research manuscripts, as well as review articles.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Bioactive compounds in vegetal food products production
    • Health aspects
    • Reduction of disease risk
    • Children’s development and health
  • Health aspects
    • Implications on reduction of cardiovascular disease risk
    • Implications on reduction of other chronic disease risk
    • Implications on reduction of noncommunicable disease risk
    • Oxidative stress
  • Bioactive compounds in herbal products and safety concerns
  • Scientific human evidence of potential health claims
    • Related to cardiovascular disease risk
    • Related to other chronic disease risk
    • Protection against DNA, proteins, and lipids damage

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 22 June 2018
Publication DateNovember 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

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