Special Issue "Potential Anticancer Effect of Value-Added Plant Food Processing Byproducts from the Fruit and Vegetable Industries"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643). This special issue belongs to the section "Phytochemicals and Human Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Paolo Lucci
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Guest Editor
Department of Agri-Food, Animal and Environmental Sciences, University of Udine, Via Sondrio 2/a, 33100 Udine, Italy
Interests: Food Chemistry; Natural Product Characterization; Analytical Method for Food Analysis
Prof. Dr. Monica R. Loizzo
Guest Editor
Department of Pharmacy, Health and Nutritional Sciences, University of Calabria
Interests: Food Science Technology; Food Chemistry; Natural Products as Food Additives and Functional Ingredients

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The management of byproducts resulting from fruit and vegetable processing is one of the main problems of agri-food industries. These byproducts, in fact, are still rich in different bioactive phytochemicals that can be efficiently reused for the development of nutraceutical products, functional foods or as lead compounds for pharmaceutical products. Moreover, the inopportune management of food byproducts can be considered hazardous, as it may cause phytotoxicity and soil pollution. For the abovementioned reasons, in the last ten years, several research articles have focused their attention on innovative extraction methods, characterization, and evaluation of bioactive compounds derived by agri-food byproducts for health benefits and nutrition. In this Special Issue, we shall collect a series of research papers/reviews aiming to highlight novel food byproducts able to prevent cancer development or progression, with particular attention to bioactive compounds obtained by “green” technologies. Unfortunately, the World Health Organization has estimated that 29 million individuals will have cancer by 2040. Actually, lung cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer death followed by breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancer. Given the high number of subjects who will be affected by the pathology, the discovery of bioactive phytochemicals from agri-food byproducts exerting beneficial effects on one or more functions of the organism appears to be of great interest.

Prof. Paolo Lucci
Prof. Dr. Monica R. Loizzo
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Cancer
  • Green Extraction
  • Byproducts
  • Antioxidants
  • Bioactive Compounds
  • Health Claims
  • Nutrition

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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