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Revista chilena de nutrición

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CASTROMONTE, Mary; WACYK, Jurij  and  VALENZUELA, Carolina. Encapsulation of antioxidant extracts from agroindustrial by-products: a review. Rev. chil. nutr. [online]. 2020, vol.47, n.5, pp.836-847. ISSN 0717-7518.

Currently large quantities of agro-industrial by-products are generated as waste even when they can be used as important sources of various antioxidant compounds. One of the ways to take advantage of this functionality is to concentrate antioxidants via the preparation of extracts. Due to their lower impact on the environment and human health “green extractions” using solvents such as water or alcohol have been the most studied in recent years. However, one of the main problems in re-using these bioactive compounds is maintaining stability after being extracted from their biological matrix. Instability relates to different environmental and storage conditions. One technology that can reduce antioxidants instability is encapsulation, which also reduces organoleptic alterations that could occur when they are incorporated into food. To our knowledge there are no reviews of encapsulation of agroindustry by-product extracts (where a wide variety of antioxidant compounds can be found) and existing information is based on specific encapsulated antioxidant compounds. Therefore, the objective of this review was to gather up-to-date information regarding the encapsulation of antioxidant extracts obtained from vegetable agro-industrial by-products and their incorporation as ingredients in food.

Keywords : Agroindustrial by-products; Antioxidant extracts; Encapsulation; Functional foods.

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