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Nutrición Hospitalaria

On-line version ISSN 1699-5198Print version ISSN 0212-1611

Abstract

JIMENEZ-COLMENERO, Francisco. Multiple emulsions: bioactive compounds and functional foods. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2013, vol.28, n.5, pp.1413-1421. ISSN 1699-5198.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3305/nh.2013.28.5.6673.

The continued appearance of scientific evidence about the role of diet and/or its components in health and wellness, has favored the emergence of functional foods which currently constitute one of the chief factors driving the development of new products. The application of multiple emulsions opens new possibilities in the design and development of functional foods. Multiple emulsions can be used as an intermediate product (food ingredient) into technological strategies normally used in the optimization of the presence of bioactive compounds in healthy and functional foods. This paper presents a summary of the types, characteristics and formation of multiple emulsions, possible location of bioactive compounds and their potential application in the design and preparation of healthy and functional foods. Such applications are manifested particularly relevant in relation to quantitative and qualitative aspects of lipid material (reduced fat/calories and optimization of fatty acid profile), encapsulation of bioactive compounds mainly hydrophilic and sodium reduction. This strategy offers interesting possibilities regarding masking flavours and improving sensory characteristics of foods.

Keywords : Bioactive compounds; Encapsulation; Functional foods; Improving the lipid content; Multiple emulsion; Sodium reduction.

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