eBASIS (Bioactive Substances in Food Information Systems) and bioactive intakes: Major updates of the bioactive compound composition and beneficial bioeffects database and the development of a probabilistic model to assess intakes in Europe

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2017-03-23
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Plumb, Jenny
Pigat, Sandrine
Bompola, Foteini
Cushen, Maeve
Pinchen, Hannah
Nørby, Eric
Astley, Siân
Lyons, Jacqueline
Kiely, Mairead E.
Finglas, Paul
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eBASIS (Bioactive Substances in Food Information Systems), a web-based database that contains compositional and biological effects data for bioactive compounds of plant origin, has been updated with new data on fruits and vegetables, wheat and, due to some evidence of potential beneficial effects, extended to include meat bioactives. eBASIS remains one of only a handful of comprehensive and searchable databases, with up-to-date coherent and validated scientific information on the composition of food bioactives and their putative health benefits. The database has a user-friendly, efficient, and flexible interface facilitating use by both the scientific community and food industry. Overall, eBASIS contains data for 267 foods, covering the composition of 794 bioactive compounds, from 1147 quality-evaluated peer-reviewed publications, together with information from 567 publications describing beneficial bioeffect studies carried out in humans. This paper highlights recent updates and expansion of eBASIS and the newly-developed link to a probabilistic intake model, allowing exposure assessment of dietary bioactive compounds to be estimated and modelled in human populations when used in conjunction with national food consumption data. This new tool could assist small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the development of food product health claim dossiers for submission to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
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eBASIS , Database , Health claims , Bioactive compounds , Composition , Phytochemicals , Exposure assessment
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Plumb, J., Pigat, S., Bompola, F., Cushen, M., Pinchen, H., Nørby, E., Astley, S., Lyons, J., Kiely, M. and Finglas, P. (2017) 'eBASIS (Bioactive Substances in Food Information Systems) and bioactive intakes: Major updates of the bioactive compound composition and beneficial bioeffects database and the development of a probabilistic model to assess intakes in Europe', Nutrients, 9(4), 320 (15pp). doi: 10.3390/nu9040320