Application of plant extracts to improve the shelf-life, nutritional and health-related properties of ready-to-eat meat products

Nooshin Nikmaram, Sravanthi Budaraju, Francisco J. Barba, Jose M. Lorenzo, Ryan B. Cox, Kumar Mallikarjunan, Shahin Roohinejad

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Abstract

Plant extracts are increasingly becoming important additives in food industry due to their antimicrobial and antioxidant abilities that delay the development of off-flavors and improve the color stability in ready-to-eat (RTE) meat products. Due to their natural origin, they are excellent candidates to replace synthetic molecules, which are generally considered to have toxicological and carcinogenic effects. The efficient extraction of these antioxidant molecules from their natural sources, along with the determination of their activity in the commercialized products, have been a great challenge for researchers and food chain contributors. The objective of this review is to highlight the application of plant extracts to improve the shelf-life, nutritional and health-related properties of RTE meat products. The sensory effects of these extracts on RTE meat products as well as the possible synergistic effects of a combination of extracts are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-255
Number of pages11
JournalMeat Science
Volume145
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Sravanthi Budaraju would like to acknowledge the University of Minnesota for her Ph.D. Scholarship award. Jose M. Lorenzo is the member of the MARCARNE network funded by CYTED (ref. 116RT0503).

Funding Information:
Sravanthi Budaraju would like to acknowledge the University of Minnesota for her Ph.D. Scholarship award. Jose M. Lorenzo is the member of the MARCARNE network funded by CYTED ( ref. 116RT0503 ).

Keywords

  • Antimicrobial properties
  • Nutritional properties
  • Plant extracts
  • RTE meat products

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