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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19(1), 150;

Probiotic Incorporation in Edible Films and Coatings: Bioactive Solution for Functional Foods

Institute of Technology of Agricultural Products, Hellenic Agricultural Organization-DEMETER, Lycovrissi, 14123 Attica, Greece
Laboratory of Food Microbiology and Biotechnology, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Agricultural University of Athens, Iera Odos 75, 11855 Athens, Greece
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Received: 19 December 2017 / Revised: 25 December 2017 / Accepted: 3 January 2018 / Published: 4 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Biomaterials for Food Edible Coatings)
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Nowadays, the consumption of food products containing probiotics, has increased worldwide due to concerns regarding healthy diet and wellbeing. This trend has received a lot of attention from the food industries, aiming to produce novel probiotic foods, and from researchers, to improve the existing methodologies for probiotic delivery or to develop and investigate new possible applications. In this sense, edible films and coatings are being studied as probiotic carriers with many applications. There is a wide variety of materials with film-forming ability, possessing different characteristics and subsequently affecting the final product. This manuscript aims to provide significant information regarding probiotics and active/bioactive packaging, to review applications of probiotic edible films and coatings, and to discuss certain limitations of their use as well as the current legislation and future trends. View Full-Text
Keywords: probiotics; edible films; edible coatings; bioactive packaging probiotics; edible films; edible coatings; bioactive packaging

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Pavli, F.; Tassou, C.; Nychas, G.-J.E.; Chorianopoulos, N. Probiotic Incorporation in Edible Films and Coatings: Bioactive Solution for Functional Foods. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19, 150.

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