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Record number 541527
Title An integrated look at the effect of structure on nutrient bioavailability in plant foods
Author(s) Capuano, Edoardo; Pellegrini, Nicoletta
Source Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 99 (2019)2. - ISSN 0022-5142 - p. 493 - 498.
Department(s) Food Quality and Design
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2019
Keyword(s) bioavailability - digestion - food matrix - health - structure

The true bioavailability of a nutrient being intrinsically coupled to the specific food matrix in which it occurs remains poorly considered in nutrition science. During digestion, the food matrix and, in particular, the structure of food modulate the extent and kinetics to which nutrients and bioactive compounds make themselves available for absorption. In this perspective, we describe an integrated look at the effect of structure on nutrient bioavailability in plant foods. Based on this integrated look, cell wall integrity and the particle size of the plant material during its transit in the small intestine determine the bioavailability of plant nutrients; in turn, cell wall integrity and particle size are determined by the level of oral processing and, accordingly, what subsequently escapes digestion in the upper intestine and is utilized by colon microbiota. Ultimately, the effect on nutrient digestion is linked to food structure through each step of digestion. A consideration of the structure rather than just the composition of foods opens up possibilities for the design of healthier foods.

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