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Cactus pear: a fruit of nutraceutical and functional importance

Piga, Antonio <1965- > (2004) Cactus pear: a fruit of nutraceutical and functional importance. Journal of the Professional Association for Cactus Development, Vol. 6 , p. 9-22. eISSN 1938-6648. Article.

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Abstract

The constantly increasing demand for nutraceuticals is paralleled by a more pronounced request for natural ingredients and health-promoting foods. The multiple functional properties of cactus pear fit well this trend. Recent data revealed the high content of some chemical constituents, which can give added value to this fruit on a nutritional and technological functionality basis. High levels of betalains, taurine, calcium, magnesium, and antioxidants are noteworthy.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:1571
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cactus pear, mucilage, food colorant, nutraceutical
Subjects:Area 07 - Scienze agrarie e veterinarie > AGR/15 Scienze e tecnologie alimentari
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Scienze ambientali agrarie e biotecnologie agro-alimentari
Publisher:Professional Association for Cactus Development
eISSN:1938-6648
Publisher Policy:Depositato per gentile concessione dell'Editore
Deposited On:18 Aug 2009 10:05

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