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Bioactive Molecules in Food


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  • Provides comprehensive and authoritative information on bioactive molecules in food

  • Offers detailed case studies of functional food, relevant to students, researchers and industrial professionals

  • Summarises analytical methods for bioactive molecules analysis

  • Presents phytochemistry, biotechnology and bioactivity in one place

  • Includes supplementary material:

Part of the book series: Reference Series in Phytochemistry (RSP)

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Table of contents (78 entries)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxxii
  2. Favorable Regimen for Good Health and Epidemiological Studies

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Health Benefits of Dietary Phenolic Compounds and Biogenic Amines

      • Hector Alonzo Gomez-Gomez, Cristine Vanz Borges, Igor Otavio Minatel, Aline Carbonera Luvizon, Giuseppina Pace Pereira Lima
      Pages 3-27
    3. Intake of Mediterranean Foods

      • Charalampos Siotos, Marco Vinceti, Androniki Naska
      Pages 29-51
    4. Flavonoids – Food Sources, Health Benefits, and Mechanisms Involved

      • Aleksandra Kozłowska, Dorota Szostak-Węgierek
      Pages 53-78
    5. Challenges in Optimal Utilization of Bioactive Molecules Clinically

      • Kotamballi N. Chidambara Murthy, M. Shivapriya, P. Monika, B. Tejashree
      Pages 109-136
    6. Bioactive Food Components in the Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases

      • Arti Parihar, Mordhwaj S. Parihar
      Pages 137-157
    7. Capsicum annuum Bioactive Compounds: Health Promotion Perspectives

      • Muhammad Imran, Masood Sadiq Butt, Hafiz Ansar Rasul Suleria
      Pages 159-180
    8. Sesame: Bioactive Compounds and Health Benefits

      • Niti Pathak, Asani Bhaduri, Ashwani K. Rai
      Pages 181-200
    9. Nutritional Quality of Mangifera Species

      • Luis M. Anaya-Esparza, Efigenia Montalvo-González
      Pages 201-219
  3. Proteins and Their Biological Activity

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 221-221
    2. Plant Proteins from Legumes

      • Catherine Bennetau-Pelissero
      Pages 223-265
    3. Soybean Bioactive Molecules: Current Trend and Future Prospective

      • Brij Pal Singh, Deepika Yadav, Shilpa Vij
      Pages 267-294
    4. Wheat Bran Proteins

      • René R. Balandrán-Quintana, Ana María Mendoza-Wilson
      Pages 295-318
    5. Antihypertensive Peptides from Animal Proteins

      • Z. F. Bhat, Susan Mason, James D. Morton, Alaa El-Din A. Bekhit, Hina F. Bhat
      Pages 319-353
    6. Bioactive Peptides from Fish Protein By-Products

      • Aurélien V. Le Gouic, Pádraigín A. Harnedy, Richard J. FitzGerald
      Pages 355-388
    7. Edible Insects as Source of Proteins

      • Ewelina Zielińska, Monika Karaś, Anna Jakubczyk, Damian Zieliński, Barbara Baraniak
      Pages 389-441
    8. Plant Proteases in Food Processing

      • Manzoor Ahmad Shah, Shabir Ahmad Mir
      Pages 443-464
  4. Lipids and Their Biological Activity

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 465-465

About this book

This reference work provides comprehensive information about the bioactive molecules presented in our daily food and their effect on the physical and mental state of our body. Although the concept of functional food is new, the consumption of selected food to attain a specific effect existed already in ancient civilizations, namely of China and India. Consumers are now more attentive to food quality, safety and health benefits, and the food industry is led to develop processed- and packaged-food, particularly in terms of calories, quality, nutritional value and bioactive molecules.

This book covers the entire range of bioactive molecules presented in daily food, such as carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, isoflavonoids, carotenoids, vitamin C, polyphenols, bioactive molecules presented in wine, beer and cider. Concepts like French paradox, Mediterranean diet, healthy diet of eating fruits and vegetables, vegan and vegetarian diet, functional foods are described with suitable case studies. Readers will also discover a very timely compilation of methods for bioactive molecules analysis.

Written by highly renowned scientists of the field, this reference work appeals to a wide readership, from graduate students, scholars, researchers in the field of botany, agriculture, pharmacy, biotechnology and food industry to those involved in manufacturing, processing and marketing of value-added food products.


  • Functional food
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Bioactive molecules
  • Food chemistry
  • Healthy food
  • quality control, reliability, safety and risk

Editors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences, University of Bordeaux, Villenave d’Ornon, France

    Jean-Michel Mérillon

  • Department of Botany, University College of Science, M. L. Sukhadia University, Udaipur, India

    Kishan Gopal Ramawat

About the editors

Professor Dr. Jean-Michel Merillon received his M.Pharma. (1979) and Ph.D. (1984) from the University of Tours, France. He joined the University of Tours as assistant professor in 1981, became associate professor in 1987. In 1993 he moved to the faculty of Pharmacy, University of Bordeaux, France, accepting a position as full professor. He has been the director of the research group on biologically active plant substances for over 15 years, at the Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences (University of Bordeaux, France), which comprises 25 scientists and research students. The group has been working on phenolic compounds from vine and wine for many years, mainly complex stilbenes and their involvement in health. He is involved in developing teaching on plant biology, natural bioactive compounds and biotechnology. Prof. Mérillon has published more than 160 research papers in internationally recognized journals, and has coedited books and reference works on secondary metabolites and biotechnology. In 2004, he founded the technology transfer unit “Polyphenols Biotech”, providing support for R&D programs for SMEs and major groups from the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, agricultural and health-nutrition sectors. He is currently the manager of this unit.

Professor Dr. Kishan Gopal Ramawat is former professor and head of the Botany Department, M.L. Sukhadia University, Udaipur, India, and has a long-standing research experience. He received his Ph.D. in Plant Biotechnology in 1978 from the University of Jodhpur, India, and afterward joined the university as a faculty member. In 1991, he moved to the M.L. Sukhadia University in Udaipur as associate professor and became professor in 2001. He served as the head of the Department of Botany (2001–2004, 2010–2012), was in charge of the Department of Biotechnology (2003–2004), was a member of the task force on medicinal and aromatic plants of the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, New Delhi (2002–2005), and coordinated UGC-DRS and DST-FIST programs (2002–2012). Professor Ramawat had done his postdoctoral studies at the University of Tours, France, from 1983 to 1985 and later returned to Tours as visiting professor (1991). He also visited the University of Bordeaux 2, France, several times as visiting professor (1995, 1999, 2003, 2006, 2010) and, in 2005, in Poland in an academic exchange program (2005). Through these visits in France, Prof. Ramawat and Prof. Mérillon established a strong connection, which has resulted in productive collaborations and several book and reference work publications. Professor Ramawat has published more than 170 well-cited peer-reviewed papers and articles and edited several books and reference works on topics such as the biotechnology of medicinal plants, secondary metabolites, bioactive molecules, herbal drugs, and many other topics. His research was funded by several funding agencies. In his research group, Prof. Ramawat has supervised doctoral thesis of 25 students. He is an active member of several academic bodies, associations, and editorial boards of journals. Botany Department, M.L. Sukhadia University, Udaipur, India.

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