4 years ago

A simple method for calculation of basic molecular properties of nutrients and their use as a criterion for a healthy diet [version 1; referees: 2 approved]

Milena Veljkovic, Veljko Veljkovic, Garth Nicolson, Sanja Glisic, Marko Anderluh, Slobodan Paessler, Vladimir Perovic
Background: Healthy nutrition is vital for good health and well-being. Despite the important role of a healthy nutritional diet, recommendations for healthy eating remain elusive and are mainly based on general properties of nutrients. The present study proposes an improved characterization of the molecular characteristics of nutrients, which are important for biological functions and can be useful in describing a healthy diet. Methods: We investigated the electronic properties of some known nutrient ingredients. In this analysis, we used the average quasi valence number (AQVN) and the electron-ion interaction potential (EIIP), which are molecular descriptors that represent the basic electronic properties of organic molecules.  Results: Our results show that most nutrients can be represented by specific groups of organic compounds according to their basic electronic properties, and these differ from the vast majority of known chemicals. Based on this finding, we have proposed a simple criterion for the selection of food components for healthy nutrition. Discussion: Further studies on the electronic properties of nutrients could serve as a basis for better understanding of their biological functions.

Publisher URL: https://f1000research.com/articles/6-13/v1

DOI: 10.12688/f1000research.10537.1

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