International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition (INT J FOOD SCI NUTR)

Publisher: Informa Healthcare

Journal description

The primary aim of this unique international journal is to integrate food science with nutrition. Topics covered include: impact of nutritional science on food product development nutritional implications of food processing bioavailibility of nutrients nutritional quality of novel foods food-nutrient interactions use of biotechnology in food science/nutrition tropical food processing and nutrition food acceptibility and dietary selection nutritional and physiological aspects of food dietary requirements and nutritive value of food.

Current impact factor: 1.21

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 1.206
2013 Impact Factor 1.202
2012 Impact Factor 1.257
2011 Impact Factor 1.151
2010 Impact Factor 0.778
2009 Impact Factor 1.313
2008 Impact Factor 0.91
2007 Impact Factor 0.878
2006 Impact Factor 0.774
2005 Impact Factor 0.728
2004 Impact Factor 0.514
2003 Impact Factor 0.827
2002 Impact Factor 0.738
2001 Impact Factor 0.661
2000 Impact Factor 0.545
1999 Impact Factor 0.309
1998 Impact Factor 0.571
1997 Impact Factor 0.506

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.32
Cited half-life 6.10
Immediacy index 0.28
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.31
Website International Journal of Food Sciences & Nutrition website
Other titles International journal of food sciences and nutrition, Food sciences and nutrition
ISSN 0963-7486
OCLC 26387565
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details

Informa Healthcare

  • Pre-print
    • Author can archive a pre-print version
  • Post-print
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  • Restrictions
    • 12 months embargo
  • Conditions
    • On author's personal website or institution website
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    • Non-commercial
    • Must link to publisher version
    • Publisher's version/PDF cannot be used
    • NIH funded authors may post articles to PubMed Central for release 12 months after publication
    • Wellcome Trust authors may deposit in Europe PMC after 6 months
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

  • International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition 09/2015; DOI:10.3109/09637486.2015.1088822
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    ABSTRACT: Within an observational open study on the effects of a scheduled dosage of biscuits with iron, children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis were either supplemented with biscuits supplying iron fumarate (median 3.6 mg per day) or left to their customary dietary habits. After 4 months, supplemented children showed a more favourable percentage change of blood haemoglobin, while ferritin levels (markers of inflammation) remained stable. We conclude that the supply of iron with available dietary products may contribute to an adequate iron status in children with chronic inflammatory disorders in a stable situation.
    International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition 08/2015; DOI:10.3109/09637486.2015.1077791
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was observing and improving children’s eating habits through an edutainment technological platform. A single-group education intervention was carried out in primary schools in Parma and Milano, Italy. A total of 76 children (32 females and 44 males, 8–10 years old) were involved in a 3-month nutritional program including lessons and educational videogames. Intakes of fruits, vegetables, juices and dietary total antioxidant capacity (TAC) were measured using 3-day food diaries before and after the intervention. The daily total consumption of fruit and vegetables increased from 421.8 (320.3) to 484.3 (337.2) g/day (p = 0.016). Consequently, daily dietary TAC increased by 26%, rising from 1.4 (1.3) to 1.6 (1.3) mmol of Trolox equivalents (p = 0.006). The methods and, particularly, the use of technological tools proved to be effective in conducting an educational intervention in children aged 8–10 years old.
    International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition 08/2015; DOI:10.3109/09637486.2015.1077793
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    ABSTRACT: Soluble fibers are known to modulate intestinal absorption of non-polar compounds in the small intestine. Little is known about the modulation of absorption of more polar compounds. In the present study, we applied the Caco-2-transwell-system in order to investigate the modulation of intestinal bioavailability by soluble fibers. The system was tested using pectin and carrageenan as model soluble fibers at a concentration of 0.1% (w/v), which did not compromise the integrity of the cell monolayer. Modulation of absorption was evaluated for the heterocyclic amine aromatic 2-amino-1-methyl-6-phenylimidazo[4,5-b]pyridine (PHIP) and the polyphenol resveratrol. Neither pectin nor carrageenan reduced the high flux of PHIP, apparent permeability coefficient (Papp) of 16 × 10−6 cm s−1. The low Papp of resveratrol was reduced by both soluble fibers, particularly by pectin. These results suggest that the low bioavailability of polyphenols could be further reduced by soluble fibers. Because of their co-occurrence in several fruits, these findings warrant further research.
    International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition 08/2015; DOI:10.3109/09637486.2015.1077789
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to investigate the appropriate proportion of Caco-2 and HT29 co-culture in vitro cell models for permeability studies. The results showed that the transepithelial electrical resistance values of 9:1 and 1:0 groups (263 ± 3.61 and 300 ± 7.55) after 21-day culture were >250 Ω cm2, which were suitable for further experiments. The confocal laser microscopy showed that the group of 9:1 (Caco-2:HT29) had the highest integrity, whereas the group of 0:1 (Caco-2:HT29) exhibited the lowest. The staining study confirmed that mucus was successfully produced by HT29 cells, and it was also produced in co-cultures with Caco-2 cells model, but the Caco-2 monocultures did not have any blue staining, which made us affirm that mucus is only produced in the presence of HT29 cells. The real-time PCR results showed that the total highest expression level of ALPi and MUC5AC was the ratio of 9:1 (Caco-2:HT29) and lowest is 1:1 (Caco-2:HT29). So we concluded that 9:1 (Caco-2:HT29) is the optimal Caco-2 to HT29 ratio in the in vitro model co-culture for permeability studies.
    International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition 08/2015; DOI:10.3109/09637486.2015.1077792
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    ABSTRACT: Oil separation is a common food quality problem in ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF), the shelf-stable, peanut-based food used to treat severe acute malnutrition in home settings. Our objective was to evaluate the effect on oil separation of three emulsifiers at different concentrations in RUTF. We also assessed two viscosity measurements. A scale-up experiment was carried out during full-scale RUTF production in Malawi. Results indicate that viscosity is inversely correlated with oil separation, and that the Bostwick consistometer is a simple, useful tool to predict viscosity. Oil separation in RUTF may be mitigated by use of an emulsifier, which increases the viscosity of the product. The emulsifier that reduced oil separation to the greatest extent was a mixture of high and low monoacylglycerol (MAG) emulsifiers. Proper raw material quality control to achieve consistent ingredient fat level and fat type, and production temperature and shearing control should be a focus in RUTF manufacturing.
    International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition 08/2015; DOI:10.3109/09637486.2015.1077784
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    ABSTRACT: Celiac disease (CD) is treated by life-long gluten-free diet (GFD). Novel therapies are under development. Willingness of CD children's parents to alternative therapies and GFD impact were evaluated. Parents of celiac children on GFD were investigated on need and preference for novel CD therapies, children's enrolment in trials, compliance to and personal judgment on GFD, health status (HS) and quality of life (QoL). About 59.5% surveyed parents expressed the need for alternative therapies with a preference for vaccine-based strategy (39.9%). About 37.7% would accept enrollment in an ad hoc trial, 20.3% would agree to endoscopy during the trial. GFD compliance was 97.4% and well accepted by 93.8%. HS and QoL significantly improved during GFD (p < 0.001). The introduction of novel therapies for CD is desirable for over half of parents, with preference for vaccines. Parents frown upon enrolment in new clinical trials and the subsequent need for additional endoscopy.
    International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition 07/2015; 66(5). DOI:10.3109/09637486.2015.1064872
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    ABSTRACT: We recently demonstrated that XOS increased the counts of Bifidobacterium in vivo without increasing Lactobacillus in healthy adults. In the current study, we evaluated the effect of XOS on the growth of 35 Bifidobacterium and 29 Lactobacillus strains in in vitro conditions. Bacteria were identified by 16S rRNA sequence analysis. The growth stimulation was determined by agar dilution technique on plates containing two-fold serial dilutions of XOS (100–0.1 mg/ml). The growth of 86% of Bifidobacterium strains was stimulated at 1.56 mg/ml XOS and 100% at 6.25 mg/ml XOS. The growth of 38% of Lactobacillus strains was stimulated at 1.56 mg/ml XOS and 62% at 6.25 mg/ml XOS; 31% of Lactobacillus were not stimulated by XOS. Our results further suggest that XOS may be beneficial in stimulating intestinal Bifidobacterium without having much effect on Lactobacillus. The potential role for XOS in managing obesity should be investigated further.
    International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition 07/2015; DOI:10.3109/09637486.2015.1064869
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    ABSTRACT: Biological activities of soybean saponins are dependent on their metabolism by gut microbiota, which generate absorbable bioactive metabolites. Therefore, to enhance the pharmacological effect of soybean, we fermented defatted soybean powder (SP) with Lactobacillus pentosus var. plantarum C29 and measured its protective effect against scopolamine-induced memory impairment in mice using the passive avoidance, Y-maze and Morris water maze tasks. Fermentation increased soyasapogenol B, genistein and daidzein content of soybean and enhanced the protective effect of soybean against scopolamine-induced memory impairment. Additionally, compared with the exthanol extract of soybean, fermented SP (FSP) increased the expression of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the hippocampi of scopolamine-treated mice. Furthermore, FSP inhibited acetylcholinesterase (AChE) activity in vitro and ex vivo. These findings suggest that C29 fermentation might increase the ameliorating effect of soybean against memory impairments by inhibiting AChE activity and increasing BDNF expression.
    International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition 07/2015; DOI:10.3109/09637486.2015.1064865
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    ABSTRACT: This paper focuses on the use of statistical Design of Experiments (DoE) to investigate the effects of two anti-lactic acid bacteria compounds on growth and metabolism of lactobacilli isolated from Italian table olives. p-Coumaric and vanillic acids (0.0–0.4%) were used as phenolic compounds, which were combined with salt (0.0–6.0%) and glucose (0.0–4.0%) through a Central Composite Design. Three strains of Lactobacillus plantarum (5 log cfu/ml) were used as test organisms, samples were stored at 37 °C, and cell counts and pH were evaluated periodically. The growth of lactobacilli was affected in a significant way by salt, p-coumaric and vanillic acids, being the salt the most significant factor after 24 h (short storage time), then replaced by p-coumaric acid. p-Coumaric acid also played a significant role on the acidifying ability, expressed as decrease of pH of the medium: microbial metabolism, in fact, appeared as completely inhibited at 0.2% of p-coumaric acid.
    International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition 07/2015; 66(5). DOI:10.3109/09637486.2015.1064866
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    ABSTRACT: The effects of supplementation with blueberry (BE) extract (Vaccinium ashei Reade) for 14 consecutive days on biochemical, hematological, histopathological and oxidative parameters in hypercholesterolemic rats were investigated. After supplementation with lyophilized extract of BE, the levels of total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides were decreased. Histopathological analysis showed significant decrease (p < 0.05) of aortic lesions in hypercholesterolemic rats. Oxidative parameters showed significant reductions (p < 0.05) in oxidative damage to lipids and proteins and an increase in activities of antioxidant enzymes such as catalase, superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase. The BE extract showed an important cardioprotective effect by the improvements in the serum lipid profile, antioxidant system, particularly in reducing oxidative stress associated with hypercholesterolemia and anti-atherogenic effect in rats.
    International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition 07/2015; 66(5). DOI:10.3109/09637486.2015.1064870
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    ABSTRACT: The influence of commonly used steeping times and temperatures, as well as leaf size on the antioxidant activity and sensory attributes of tea were studied. Five unblended white and green tea samples from China and Malawi, infused in hot (70 °C and 90 °C; 7 min) or cold water (room temperature: 15, 30, 60, or 120 min) either as whole leaves or as milled, were analyzed. Total phenolic and flavonoid contents as well as antioxidant power (ABTS assay) were measured. The results show that the maximum extraction efficiency occurs with cold water for 120 min and with hot water at 90 °C and that only in the case of teas from whole, large leaves, the extraction was greater in cold than in hot infusions. Moreover, tea infusions prepared from milled leaves have the greatest antioxidant activity. In the sensory evaluation of some of the tea infusions, white teas were perceived more fragrant than green ones and were judged as the most favorite by the majority of the judges, especially for the brew prepared in cold water from whole leaves; all infusions obtained from the milled leaves in fact have a more bitter and astringent taste.
    International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition 05/2015; 66(5). DOI:10.3109/09637486.2015.1042842
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    ABSTRACT: We investigated the ability of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) to prevent high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Male C57BL/6J mice were fed standard chow (5.3% fat content), an HFD (32.0% fat content) or an HFD + EPA (1 g/kg/day EPA for the last 6 weeks) for 12 weeks. Serum total cholesterol, hepatic triglyceride and total cholesterol levels were significantly increased in the HFD group, in comparison with those of normal mice (p < 0.01). In contrast, hepatic triglyceride and total cholesterol levels were significantly decreased in the HFD + EPA group, in comparison with those of the HFD group (p < 0.05). In addition, EPA decreased the body weight of obese mice and improved hepatic function. Hepatic superoxide dismutase activity and glutathione levels were significantly decreased in obese mice, but increased with EPA administration. Our data suggest that EPA supplementation has a beneficial effect on NAFLD progression.
    International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition 05/2015; 66(5). DOI:10.3109/09637486.2015.1042848
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    ABSTRACT: Atherosclerosis begins in childhood and develops silently for decades before clinical events such as myocardial infarction or stroke occur. Only few studies have evaluated the relationship between CVD risk factors and carotid artery Intimal Media Thickness (IMT) in young asymptomatic people. The aim of this study is to investigate risk factors for cardiovascular disease associated with higher Carotid Intimal Media Thickness (IMT) in healthy young subjects. A cohort of 106 healthy young men, mean age 21 ± 2 years (mean ± SD), BMI 24.4 ± 2.8 (kg/m(2)), on military duty, participated in this cross-sectional study. Waist circumference, carotid intima-media thickness (IMT), blood pressure, and plasma concentrations of relevant metabolic parameters were measured at fasting. Smoking and habitual dietary patterns were evaluated by a semiquantitative questionnaire. The population was divided into two groups on the basis of IMT values: the lowest three quartiles versus the highest quartile (cut-off value = 0.7 mm). BMI, waist circumference, systolic (SBP), and diastolic (DBP) blood pressure were significantly higher in the group with higher IMT (p = 0.02). All other variables, including dietary parameters and smoking, were similar in the two groups. Data analysis showed that IMT values correlated positively with SBP (r = 0.22; p = 0.025), DBP (r = 0.27; p = 0.005), waist circumference (r = 0.29; p = 0.002), and fat mass (r = 0.24; p = 0.01), and negatively with kcal/kg of body weight (r = -0.220.22; p = 0.022) - an indirect marker of physical activity. Based on multiple regression analysis, waist circumference and DBP were the only variables independently associated with IMT (p = 0.029). In a non-selected sample of healthy young adult males, a larger waist circumference and a higher diastolic blood pressure - albeit within normal values - are the only parameters independently associated with higher IMT.
    International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition 05/2015; 66(4). DOI:10.3109/09637486.2015.1042845