Fontes vegetais naturais de antioxidantes
Oliveira, Alane Cabral de
Valentim, Iara Barros
Goulart, Marilia Oliveira Fonseca
Silva, Cicero Alexandre
Bechara, Etelvino José Henriques [UNIFESP]
Trevisan, Maria Teresa Salles
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Alternative TitleVegetals as natural sources of antioxidants
VEGETALS AS NATURAL SOURCES OF ANTIOXIDANTS. Growing knowledge on the health-promoting impact of antioxidants in everyday foods, combined with the assumption that a number of common synthetic preservatives may have hazardous side effects has led to increased investigations in the field of natural antioxidants, principally those found in plants. Food industries normally discard plant residues that could benefit the human health and diminish undesirable environmental impact. Once estimated the content of antioxidants in these residues, advantageous economical and social alternatives to the discard are possible, for example, their use for preparation of nutraceuticals to be offered to low-income populations. We present here a broad, although not complete, account of the continuously growing knowledge on the antioxidant capacity of whole fruits, seeds and peels, cereals, vegetal oils and aromatic plants, at several physical forms, as well as a description of the usual methods for evaluating their antioxidant capacity and examples of agroindustrial processes that could be harnessed for the production of antioxidant supplement food, along with research perspectives in the area.
CitationQuimica Nova. Sao Paulo: Soc Brasileira Quimica, v. 32, n. 3, p. 689-702, 2009.
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