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Juscelino Tovar

Evidence-based design and clinical evaluation of complex diets.

Changes in dietary habits are an effective way to reduce the risk for developing cardiometabolic complications. There are different food options that may be useful for this purpose. The ingestion of individual functional foods may lead to improved values of indicators linked to the metabolic syndrome, but their overall effects are rather limited.

Dr Tovar’s interest focuses on evidence-based design and clinical evaluation of complex diets combining functional foods and concepts, aiming to achieve powerful beneficial effects on cardiometabolic disease-related biomarkers in a relatively short time. The metabolic impact of such multifunctional regimens is assessed in healthy volunteers considered at risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular problems. Complementary studies investigate the efficacy of individual and combined functional foods to counteract the postprandial metabolic alterations created by high fat/carbohydrate meals.

Current projects

  • Effects of a multifunctional diet on cardiometabolic-related biomarkers. A semi-long-term intervention in a healthy overweight cohort.
  • Emerging biomarker assessment in blood samples from interventions with multifunctional diets.
  • Changes in plasma metabolome of overweight subjects consuming a multifunctional diet.
  • Acute metabolic challenges as a model for the assessment of cardiometabolic-protective effects of foods.

Selected original papers

A multifunctional diet improves cardiometabolic-related biomarkers independently of weight changes: an eight-week randomized controlled intervention in healthy overweight and obese subjects. Tovar J, Johansson M, Björck I. Eur J Nutr  55(7), 2295-2306, DOI: 10.1007/s00394-015-1039-2

Combining functional features of whole grain barley and legumes for dietary reduction of cardiometabolic risk: a randomized crossover intervention in mature women. Tovar J, Nilsson A, Johansson M, Björck I. Br J Nutr 111, 706-714. 2014

Starch Hydrolysis Products with Physiological Activity in Humans. Tovar J, Rascón A. In: Food Oligosaccharides: Production, Analysis and Bioactivity. FJ Moreno & LM Sanz (eds), Chapter 7. 2014. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118817360.ch7

A diet based on multiple functional concepts improves cognitive performance in healthy subjects. Nilsson A, Tovar J, Johansson M, Björck I. Nutr Metab (London) 10,49. 2013

A diet based on multiple functional concepts improves cardiometabolic risk parameters in healthy subjects. Tovar J, Nilsson A,  Johansson M,  Ekesbo R, Åberg A-M, Johansson U, Björck I. Nutr Metab (London)  9, 29. 2012



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