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Natural antioxidants from seeds and their application in meat products

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Natural antioxidants from seeds and their application in meat products

Munekata, Paulo E. S.; Gullon Estevez, Beatriz; Pateiro Moure, Mirian; Tomasevic, Igor; Dominguez Valencia, Ruben; Lorenzo Rodriguez, Jose Manuel
DATE : 2020-09-01
UNESCO SUBJECT : 3309.90 Microbiología de Alimentos ; 3104.90 Sistemas de Producción Ganadera ; 3206.11 Toxicidad de Los Alimentos


The use of synthetic antioxidants in the food industry has raised important questions about the effects of prolonged consumption on human health. On top of that, the consumption of meat products has been changing due to the awareness generated by health-related organizations. In this sense, exploring strategies to develop and produce healthier meat products has become a paramount concern. Several studies explored the composition of several seeds to characterize and explore the compounds with antioxidant activity, which are mainly composed of polyphenols. The use of antioxidant extracts in meat products has shown important results to delay the oxidative reactions in meat products derived from the processing and storage of meat products. Moreover, these extracts can also replace synthetic antioxidants and preserve the quality of meat products. Therefore, the aims of this review are first, to present the sources and compounds with antioxidant activity in seeds, and second, to discuss their protective effect against oxidative reactions in meat products.

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