Interdisciplinary Approaches to Food Digestion

  • Ourania Gouseti
  • Gail M. Bornhorst
  • Serafim Bakalis
  • Alan Mackie

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction to Digestion Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ourania Gouseti
      Pages 3-10
    3. Alan Mackie
      Pages 11-27
    4. Syahrizal Muttakin, Thomas E. Moxon, Ourania Gouseti
      Pages 29-67
  3. Considerations During Digestion Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Robert Havenaar, Mans Minekus
      Pages 71-80
    3. Didier Dupont, Françoise Nau
      Pages 129-143
  4. Fundamental Understanding of Digestion Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Carolyn Costigan, Luca Marciani
      Pages 147-158
    3. Lotti Egger, Olivia Ménard, Reto Portmann
      Pages 159-184
    4. B. Piqueras-Fiszman
      Pages 185-198
    5. Alexander R. Lamond, Anja E. M. Janssen, Alan Mackie, Gail M. Bornhorst, Serafim Bakalis, Ourania Gouseti
      Pages 255-273
  5. Case Study: Starch Digestion, Real-World Relevance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
    2. Cathrina Hanse Edwards, Frederick James Warren
      Pages 277-290
    3. Peter J. Butterworth, Peter R. Ellis
      Pages 291-302
  6. Concluding Remarks

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 349-358

About this book


For the first time, this singular and comprehensive text presents a focus on quantitative studies aiming to describe food digestion and the tools that are available for quantification. A case study relevant to real-world applications places this theoretical knowledge in context and demonstrates the different ways digestion studies can be used to develop food products. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Food Digestion undertakes a multidisciplinary approach to food digestion studies, placing them in context and presenting relevant phenomena plus the challenges and limitations of different approaches. This book presents a unique, useful reference work to scientists, students, and researchers in the area of food science, engineering, and nutrition.

Over the last two decades there has been  an increasing demand for foods that deliver specific nutritional values.  In addition, the dramatic increase of food related diseases such as obesity requires the development of novel food products that control satiety and glycemic response. Overall, digestion studies are gaining increasing attention in recent years, especially as the link between diet and health/well-being becomes more evident. However, digestion is a complex process involving a wide range of disciplines such as medicine, nutrition, chemistry, materials science, and engineering. While a significant body of work exists within each discipline, there is a lack of a multidisciplinary approach on the topic which will provide a holistic view of the process. With Interdisciplinary Approaches to Food Digestion, researchers are finally presented with this much needed approach.


Food Digestion Digestive Tract Food Composition Food Structures Food Digestion Chemistry Food Digestion Engineering Food Digestion Food Industry Quantification of Food Digestion Nutrition Engineering Food Digestion Length Scales

Editors and affiliations

  • Ourania Gouseti
    • 1
  • Gail M. Bornhorst
    • 2
  • Serafim Bakalis
    • 3
  • Alan Mackie
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Chemical and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK
  2. 2.Biological and Agricultural EngineeringUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  3. 3.Department of Chemical and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK
  4. 4.School of Food Science and NutritionUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK

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