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Antioxidants 2015, 4(3), 523-532; doi:10.3390/antiox4030523

Qualitative Study of Functional Groups and Antioxidant Properties of Soy-Based Beverages Compared to Cow Milk

Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l'analisi dell'economia agraria—Centro di ricerca per gli alimenti e la nutrizione (CRA-NUT), Via Ardeatina 546, Roma 00178, Italy
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Received: 6 May 2015 / Revised: 5 June 2015 / Accepted: 26 June 2015 / Published: 15 July 2015
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Soy-based beverages are a source of high quality proteins and balanced nutrients; they thus represent an alternative to milk in case of allergy to cow milk proteins or intolerance to lactose. In this research, antioxidant properties of soy-based beverages and UHT cow milk were studied. In addition, color parameters, by a quick and non-destructive methodology, were studied in order to verify a possible correlation with antioxidant properties and a qualitative analysis of the major functional groups undertaken by Fourier Transformed Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) on Attenuated Total Reflectance (ATR) was carried out. Extractable and hydrolysable polyphenols were studied in soy-based beverages. However, only the extractable fraction was studied in UHT milk, which was characterized by a small amount of polyphenols. All color parameters showed highly significant differences among soy-based beverages and between soy-based beverages and cow milk. FTIR-ATR spectra of soy-based beverages and cow milk showed several differences in the various regions depending on both the specific contribution of molecular groups and different food items. View Full-Text
Keywords: soy-based beverages; color; antioxidants; polyphenols; FTIR-ATR; cow milk soy-based beverages; color; antioxidants; polyphenols; FTIR-ATR; cow milk

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Durazzo, A.; Gabrielli, P.; Manzi, P. Qualitative Study of Functional Groups and Antioxidant Properties of Soy-Based Beverages Compared to Cow Milk. Antioxidants 2015, 4, 523-532.

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