Functional Foods, Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes

Functional Foods, Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes

1st Edition - August 26, 2004

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  • Editor: A Arnoldi
  • eBook ISBN: 9781855739499

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Cardiovascular disease and Type II diabetes are a growing problem for the developed world, putting an ever greater strain on healthcare systems. Edited by a leading authority, this important collection reviews the role of functional foods in helping to prevent these chronic diseases.Two introductory chapters provide a context for the rest of the book by assessing the potential of functional foods to prevent disease and the key issues concerning health claims. Part one examines the importance of diet in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, with chapters on fat soluble nutrients, antioxidants and iron intake. Part two focuses on the role of phytochemicals in preventing cardiovascular disease, including chapters on isoflavones and plant sterols. Part three addresses the control of dietary fat, including the use of polyunsaturated fatty acids and fat replacers. The final part of the book reviews the use of starch and other functional ingredients in controlling cardiovascular disease, with individual chapters on cereal beta-glucans, grain legumes and food fermentation by lactic acid bacteria.Functional foods, cardiovascular disease and diabetes is a standard reference for all those concerned with the role of functional foods in the prevention and control of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Key Features

  • Reviews functional foods connection to preventing chronic diseases
  • Examines the potential and limitations of dietary influences
  • Illustrates health benefits associated with diverse food groups


Food scientists and technologists, biochemists, nutritionists, public health professionals, physicians, pharmaceutics and well as entrepreneurs who are designing, processing and marketing new functional foods

Table of Contents

  • The potential and limits of functional foods in preventing cardiovascular disease; Assessing health claims for functional foods. Part 1 Diet, cardiovascular disease and diabetes: Diet and the prevention of coronary heart disease; The role of fat soluble nutrients and antioxidants in preventing heart disease; Vitamin E and other antioxidants in the prevention of cardiovascular disease; Iron intake and cardiovascular disease; Diet and diabetes: Prevention and control; Nutritional risk factors in the development of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Part 2 Phytochemicals and cardiovascular disease: Flavonoids and cardiovascular disease; Isoflavones and coronary heart disease; Plant sterols and cholesterol reduction; Garlic and cardiovascular disease. Part 3 Controlling dietary fat: Diet, oxidative stress and cardiovascular disease; Dietary fat, pregnancy and the prevention of heart disease; Developing polyunsaturated fatty acids as functional ingredients; Marine micro-organisms as new sources of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs); Developments in fat replacers. Part 4 Starch and other functional ingredients: Starch in food, diabetes and coronary heart disease; The use of cereal beta-glucans to control diabetes and cardiovascular disease; Grain legumes and the prevention of cardiovascular disease; Food fermentation by lactic acid bacteria for the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 504
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2004
  • Published: August 26, 2004
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781855739499

About the Editor

A Arnoldi

Dr Anna Arnoldi is Professor of Food Chemistry in the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Milan, Italy.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Milan, Italy

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