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Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(3), 571; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9030571

Advances in the Application of Microcapsules as Carriers of Functional Compounds for Food Products

LEAF, Linking Landscape, Environment, Agriculture and Food, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade de Lisboa, Tapada da Ajuda, 1349-017 Lisboa, Portugal
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Received: 8 January 2019 / Revised: 1 February 2019 / Accepted: 4 February 2019 / Published: 9 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Synthesis and Application of Microcapsules)
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Natural bioactive compounds and living cells have been reported as promising products with beneficial properties to human health. The constant challenge regarding the use of these components is their easy degradation during processing and storage. However, their stability can be improved with the microencapsulation process, in which a compound sensitive to adverse environmental conditions is retained within a protective polymeric material. Microencapsulation is a widely used methodology for the preservation and stabilization of functional compounds for food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic applications. The present review discusses advances in the production and application of microcapsules loaded with functional compounds in food products. The main methods for producing microcapsules, as well as the classes of functional compounds and wall materials used, are presented. Additionally, the release of compounds from loaded microcapsules in food matrices and in simulated gastrointestinal conditions is also assessed. View Full-Text
Keywords: microencapsulation methods; microcapsules; wall and core materials; stabilization of bioactive compounds; controlled release; incorporation in food matrix microencapsulation methods; microcapsules; wall and core materials; stabilization of bioactive compounds; controlled release; incorporation in food matrix
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Corrêa-Filho, L.C.; Moldão-Martins, M.; Alves, V.D. Advances in the Application of Microcapsules as Carriers of Functional Compounds for Food Products. Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 571.

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