Bioactive compounds

Bioactive compounds

Bioactives are compounds that typically occur in small quantities in food and can be beneficial for health. Unlike essential macro- and micronutrients (such as fats, carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals) they are not essential for life and the body can function properly without them. Some examples of bioactive compounds commonly found in our diets are caffeine, polyphenols, and flavonoids.

Caffeine (Infographic)

31 March 2019

What are the effects of caffeine,how much is found in different products and what is a reasonable level of consumption all explained on one easy to understand infographic...

Caffeine (Q&A)

08 December 2016

Caffeine is a naturally-occurring substance found in some plant-based food and drink ingredients, such as tea leaves and coffee or cocoa beans (and therefore chocolate). It is added to other food and drink products like cola-based soft drinks...

Q&A on Energy Drinks: Caffeine and Other Ingredients

06 July 2015

‘Energy’ drinks are generally classified as drinks which aim to aid mental and physical stimulation and give an increased sense of alertness...

EFSA opinion on the safety of caffeine

23 June 2015

On 27th May 2015, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published its scientific opinion on the safety of caffeine consumed through the diet. The report, prepared by the EFSA Panel...


02 June 2015

Diets high in fruits and vegetables are associated with a lower risk of diseases such as cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer. It is thought that dietary compounds including polyphenols...

Caffeine and health

06 August 2007
Many cultures have given an important place to caffeine-containing foods and beverages. Caffeine is one of the best studied food ingredients, but scientific research has not exhausted all we should know about it. 

7 Myths and Facts about Caffeine

01 September 2002

Caffeine is a naturally occurring substance (an alkaloid) found in the leaves, seeds and fruits of more than 63 plant species worldwide. Products containing caffeine including tea, coffee and some soft drinks have been enjoyed all over the world for many years.