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By-products of Opuntia ficus-indica as a source of antioxidant dietary fiber.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20623195     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Dietary fiber and bioactive compounds are widely used as functional ingredients in processed foods. The market in this field is competitive and the development of new types of quality ingredients for the food industry is on the rise. Opuntia ficus-indica (cactus pear) produces edible tender stems (cladodes) and fruits with a high nutritional value in terms of minerals, protein, dietary fiber and phytochemicals; however, around 20% of fresh weight of cladodes and 45% of fresh weight of fruits are by-products. The objective of this study was therefore to determine the nutritional value of by-products obtained from cladodes and fruits from two varieties of Opuntia ficus-indica, examining their dietary fiber and natural antioxidant compound contents in order to obtain quality ingredients for functional foods and increase the added value of these by-products.
Sara Bensadón; Deisy Hervert-Hernández; Sonia G Sáyago-Ayerdi; Isabel Goñi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Plant foods for human nutrition (Dordrecht, Netherlands)     Volume:  65     ISSN:  1573-9104     ISO Abbreviation:  Plant Foods Hum Nutr     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-24     Completed Date:  2011-01-31     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8803554     Medline TA:  Plant Foods Hum Nutr     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  210-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Nutrition and Gastrointestinal Health Unit UCM/CSIC, Department of Nutrition I, Faculty of Pharmacy, University Complutense of Madrid, Madrid, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Antioxidants / analysis*
Dietary Fiber / analysis*
Food Industry*
Fruit / chemistry
Functional Food*
Nutritive Value
Opuntia / chemistry*
Plant Preparations / chemistry*
Plant Stems
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antioxidants; 0/Plant Preparations

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