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Nutrients 2015, 7(4), 2469-2484; doi:10.3390/nu7042469

Applications of Microencapsulated Bifidobacterium Longum with Eleutherine Americana in Fresh Milk Tofu and Pineapple Juice

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Department of Biology and Applied Biology, Faculty of Science and Technology, Songkhla Rajabhat University, Muang, Songkhla 90000, Thailand
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Department of Food Technology, Faculty of Agro-industry, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla 90112, Thailand
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Department of Microbiology and Excellent Research Laboratory on Natural Products, Faculty of Science and Natural Product Research Center of Excellence, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla 90112, Thailand
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Received: 6 December 2014 / Revised: 16 March 2015 / Accepted: 20 March 2015 / Published: 3 April 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Natural Products for Human Health)
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Abstract

Bifidobacterium longum was microencapsulated by extrusion technique and added in fresh milk tofu and pineapple juice. Microencapsulation of B. longum with Eleutherine americana extract, oligosaccharides extract, and commercial fructo-oligosaccharides was assessed for the bacterial survival after sequential exposure to simulated gastric and intestinal juices, and refrigeration storage. Microencapsulated B. longum with the extract and oligosaccharides extract in the food products showed better survival than free cells under adverse conditions. Sensory analysis demonstrated that the products containing co-encapsulated bacterial cells were more acceptable by consumers than free cells. Pineapple juice prepared with co-encapsulated cells had lower values for over acidification, compared with the juice with free cells added. This work suggested that microencapsulated B. longum with E. americana could enhance functional properties of fresh milk tofu and pineapple juice. View Full-Text
Keywords: Bifidobacterium longum; Eleutherine americana; fresh milk tofu; microencapsulation; pineapple juice Bifidobacterium longum; Eleutherine americana; fresh milk tofu; microencapsulation; pineapple juice
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Phoem, A.N.; Chanthachum, S.; Voravuthikunchai, S.P. Applications of Microencapsulated Bifidobacterium Longum with Eleutherine Americana in Fresh Milk Tofu and Pineapple Juice. Nutrients 2015, 7, 2469-2484.

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