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Food Structures, Digestion and Health

This selection of key presentations from the Food Structures, Digestion and Health conference is devoted to the unique and challenging interface between food science and nutrition, and brings together scientists across several disciplines to address cutting-edge research issues. Topics include modeling of the gastrointestinal tract, effect of structures on digestion, and design for healthy foods.

New knowledge in this area is vital to enable the international food industry to design of a new generation of foods with enhanced health and sensory attributes. The multidisciplinary approach includes research findings by internationally renowned scientists, and presents new research findings important and pertinent to professionals in both the food science and nutrition fields.


Food scientists involved in the development and nutritional analysis of new products, including food chemists, food engineers, nutrition experts

Hardbound, 538 Pages

Published: April 2014

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-404610-8


  • Section 1: Understanding food structures in natural and processed foods and their behavior during physiological processing
    1. Understanding food structures: The colloid science approach
    2. Processing of food structures in the gastrointestinal tract and physiological responses
    3. The basis of structure in dairy-based foods: Casein micelles and their properties
    4. The milk fat globule membrane: Structure, methodology for its study and functionality
    Section 2: Impact of food structures and matrices on nutrient uptake and bioavailability
    5. Exploring the relationship between fat surface area and lipid digestibility
    6. Protein - polysaccharide interactions and digestion of the complex particles
    7. Muscle structure and digestive enzyme bio-accessibility to intracellular compartment
    8. Cotyledon cell structure and in vitro starch digestion in navy beans
    Section 3: Modelling the gastrointestinal tract
    9. Mathematical models of food degradation in the human stomach
    10. An improved understanding of gut function through high-resolution mapping and multiscale computational modelling of the gastrointestinal tract
    11. Novel approaches to tracking the breakdown and modification of food proteins through digestion
    12. Dynamics of gastric contents during digestion-computational and rheological considerations
    Section 4: Food developments to meet the modern challenges of human health
    13. Applying structuring approaches for satiety: Challenges faced, lessons learned
    14. Technological means to modulate food digestion and physiological response
    15. Describing dietary energy - Towards the formulation of specialist weight-loss foods
    16. Combined phytosterol and fish oil therapy for lipid lowering and cardiovascular health
    17. Dairy materials as delivery tools for bioactive components in dairy platforms
    18. The importance of microbiota and host interactions throughout life


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