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Towards superior plant-based foods using metabolomics

Jacobs, Doris Maria; Berg, Marco A. Van Den; Hall, R.D.

Summary

Metabolomics is proving a useful approach for many of the
main future goals in agronomy and food production such as
sustainability/crop resilience, food quality, safety, storage, and
nutrition. Targeted and/or untargeted small-molecule analysis,
coupled to chemometric analysis, has already unveiled a great
deal of the complexity of plant-based foods, but there is still
‘dark matter’ to be discovered. Moreover, state-of-the-art food
metabolomics offers insights into the molecular mechanisms
underlying sensorial and nutritional characteristics of foods and
thus enables higher precision and speed. This review describes
recent applications of food metabolomics from fork to farm and
focuses on the opportunities these bring to continue food
innovation and support the shift to plant-based foods.