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Special Issue "Meat Consumption and Human Health"

A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2017

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Dominik D. Alexander, MSPH

EpidStat Institute, 2100 Commonwealth Blvd, Suite 203, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, USA
Phone: 6303908190

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

For this Special Issue of Nutrients, entitled “Meat Consumption and Human Health”, we welcome submission of manuscripts for this timely topic area of public health importance. Submissions may include original analytical research (cohort and case-control studies; randomized clinical trials), descriptive surveys (cross-sectional studies), and systematic reviews and quantitative meta-analyses. Because the relationship between meat consumption, including specific types of meat, and health outcomes is a broad topic area, manuscripts may cover an array of scientific hypotheses related to meat intake. In addition, studies and/or reviews may update the state-of-the-science on meat intake and chronic disease outcomes by helping to clarify the complex methodological, analytical, and generalizability issues in studies of diet and health.

Potential topics may include, but are not limited to:

Evaluations of the associations between meat type, such as poultry, fish, fresh red meat, and processed meat and chronic disease outcomes that may include cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

  • These evaluations should advance on the current body of literature by performing sub-group stratifications on characteristics that may influence patterns of associations. For example, analysis of fresh red meat and colorectal cancer risk among individuals with varying levels of physical activity or dietary fiber intake.

Correlations between dietary (non-meat) factors and lifestyle, socioeconomic, and clinical characteristics by type of meat consumption

  • For example, evaluate whether persons who may consume fish vs. processed meat have a different constellation of other factors, such as lifestyle or socioeconomic status, that may help explain the findings in the published observational studies.
  • Do these differences vary by gender, age, and study country?

The role of protein from meat sources and its effect on human health outcomes.

  • Protein needs in aging populations
  • Protein needs in adolescent populations

Why is meat consumption an area of scientific controversy and confusion?

Improving the methodology of evaluating the relationship between complex dietary factors and intake of whole foods, such as meat, and chronic disease outcomes.

The role of meat, including fresh red meat, in a healthful dietary pattern.

The challenges of evaluating health outcomes in the context of the variability in meat definitions, consumption preferences, and cooking style and methods.

Dominik D. Alexander, PhD, MSPH
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Nutrients is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Red meat
  • Processed meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Diet
  • Nutrition
  • Protein
  • Dietary Patterns

Published Papers

No papers have been published in this special issue yet.

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