Almond by-products: valorization for sustainability and competitiveness of the industry
UNIVERSAL IDENTIFIER: http://hdl.handle.net/11093/2964
UNESCO SUBJECT: 2302.90 Bioquímica de Alimentos ; 3101.08 Productos Agrícolas no Alimenticios
DOCUMENT TYPE: article
The search for waste minimization and the valorization of by-products are key practices for good management and improved sustainability in the food industry. The production of almonds generates a large amount of waste, most of which is not used. Until now, almonds have been used for their high nutritional value as food, especially almond meat. The other remaining parts (skin, shell, hulls, etc.) are still little explored, even though they have been used as fuel by burning or as livestock feed. However, interest in these by-products has been increasing as they possess beneficial properties (caused mainly by polyphenols and unsaturated fatty acids) and can be used as new ingredients for the food, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical industries. Therefore, it is important to explore almond’s valorization of by-products for the development of new added-value products that would contribute to the reduction of environmental impact and an improvement in the sustainability and competitiveness of the almond industry.
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