Hepatoprotective properties of herbal teas, the effect of milk fat on margarine, target-oriented sampling plan

New scientific articles and research in ÉVIK

Hepatoprotective properties of herbal teas, the effect of milk fat on margarine, target-oriented sampling plan, the microflora of the intestinal tract and the coice of foods – you can read about these interesting and current topics in the latest issue of the scientific magazine Journal of Food Investigations, among other things. In addition, from research published in the June issue of the magazine renewed by WESSLING Nonprofit Kft. last year, you can also learn how consumers think about additives found in foods, how the share of Hungarian products on the shelves of domestic stores have changed, and how correlations of food chemistry can be brought closer to high school students.

As the leading article of the scientific journal, a paper about the analysis of an herbal tea blend, summarizing the work of Márta Nádosi et al. on the active ingredients of a tea blend containing drugs with hepatoprotective properties, was selected by edito-in-chief Dr. Tamás János Szigeti. There have been an ongoing debate for decades among professionals of food science and laypeople about the technological, sensory and nutritional science significance of fats of plant and animal origin. Changes in technological characteristics due to the addition of milk fat to margarines were measured by Tekla Izsó et al., researchers of Corvinus University of Budapest, using state-of-the-art techniques (DSC = differential scanning calorimetry, NMR = nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry).

Publication of the work related to the manuscript that appeared in the second issue of ÉVIK in 2014 is continued by the researchers of NÉBIH, Zsuzsa Farkas et al., under the guidance of Árpád Ambrus. For the preparation of target-oriented sampling plans, using a Microsoft Excel based method, a website was also created, where the tool necessary for the analysis of a given crop can be tested using an Excel-based macro.

The review paper of György Bíró presents the physiological role of the microorganisms of the human gastrointestinal tract. Our health and vital functions are influenced by the microscopic entities living in the human gastrointestinal tract during our whole life. The status of the microflora is basically influenced by the foods consumed by us. Damage to the intestinal microflora, or its malfunction can be the cause of many human diseases.