A scoping review of the application of metabolomics in nutrition research: The literature survey 2000–2019

Eriko Shibutami, Toru Takebayashi

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Nutrimetabolomics is an emerging field in nutrition research, and it is expected to play a significant role in deciphering the interaction between diet and health. Through the development of omics technology over the last two decades, the definition of food and nutrition has changed from sources of energy and major/micro-nutrients to an essential exposure factor that determines health risks. Furthermore, this new approach has enabled nutrition research to identify dietary biomarkers and to deepen the understanding of metabolic dynamics and the impacts on health risks. However, so far, candidate markers identified by metabolomics have not been clinically applied and more efforts should be made to validate those. To help nutrition researchers better understand the potential of its application, this scoping review outlined the historical transition, recent focuses, and future prospects of the new realm, based on trends in the number of human research articles from the early stage of 2000 to the present of 2019 by searching the Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System Online (MEDLINE). Among them, objective dietary assessment, metabolic profiling, and health risk prediction were positioned as three of the principal applications. The continued growth will enable nutrimetabolomics research to contribute to personalized nutrition in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3760
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Nov


  • Biomarker
  • Diet
  • Dietary pattern
  • Food
  • Metabolomics
  • Nutrimetabolomics
  • Nutrition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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