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Assessing the Nutritional Value of Root and Tuber Crops from Bolivia and Peru

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Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias, Universidad Nacional del Altiplano, Ciudad Universitaria, Puno 51, Peru
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Facultad de Agronomía, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia
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Department of Plant Biotechnology, IRNAS-CSIC, E-41012 Seville, Spain
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Quinoa Quality, 4420 Regstrup, Denmark
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Department of Plant & Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Thorvaldsensvej 40, 3, 1870 Frederiksberg C, Denmark
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Foods 2019, 8(11), 526; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods8110526
Received: 1 October 2019 / Revised: 16 October 2019 / Accepted: 19 October 2019 / Published: 23 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Food Security and Sustainability)
All over the world, there are species which may be considered as neglected or underutilized despite their nutritious properties. At present, such crops contribute to food security in isolated areas by providing energy and nutrients in a diversified diet. Such genetic heritage—improved by ancient cultures—is under threat of losing biodiversity as well as the traditional knowledge associated with their cultivation and usage. Among these species, the Andean root and tuber crops (ARTCs) constitute a valuable resource which should be preserved and popularized because of their food and functional properties. We studied three ARTC species (mashua, arracacha, and yacon) to provide data on their composition, essential for increasing their use globally. We compared their nutritional values with the values of more widely used crops. Important differences in nutrient composition among ARTC landraces were found. Mineral nutrients showed significant differences among species. Considerable variations in the contents of prebiotics like fructooligosaccharides or functional elements (antioxidants and glucosinolates) were found among species and intraspecific samples. Certainly, these species are important assets to complement human nutrition and to secure supply of functional elements for healthy diets. View Full-Text
Keywords: arracacha; mashua; yacon; functional foods; fructoligosaccharides; glucosinolates arracacha; mashua; yacon; functional foods; fructoligosaccharides; glucosinolates
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Choquechambi, L.A.; Callisaya, I.R.; Ramos, A.; Bosque, H.; Mújica, A.; Jacobsen, S.-E.; Sørensen, M.; Leidi, E.O. Assessing the Nutritional Value of Root and Tuber Crops from Bolivia and Peru. Foods 2019, 8, 526.

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