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Hydroxytyrosol: Health Benefits and Use as Functional Ingredient in Meat

Department of Food Technology, Nutrition and Food Science, Veterinary Faculty University of Murcia, Regional Campus of International Excellence “Campus Mare Nostrum” (Economy based on agri-food), Campus de Espinardo, 30100 Espinardo, Murcia, Spain
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Medicines 2018, 5(1), 13;
Received: 27 December 2017 / Revised: 18 January 2018 / Accepted: 20 January 2018 / Published: 23 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Medicinal Plants and Foods)
Hydroxytyrosol (HXT) is a phenolic compound drawn from the olive tree and its leaves as a by-product obtained from the manufacturing of olive oil. It is considered the most powerful antioxidant compound after gallic acid and one of the most powerful antioxidant compounds between phenolic compounds from olive tree followed by oleuropein, caffeic and tyrosol. Due to its molecular structure, its regular consumption has several beneficial effects such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and as a protector of skin and eyes, etc. For these reasons, the use of HXT extract is a good strategy for use in meat products to replace synthetics additives. However, this extract has a strong odour and flavour, so it is necessary to previously treat this compound in order to not alter the organoleptic quality of the meat product when is added as ingredient. The present review exposes the health benefits provided by HXT consumption and the latest research about its use on meat. In addition, new trends about the application of HXT in the list of ingredients of healthier meat products will be discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: hydroxytyrosol; antioxidant; antimicrobial; meat; preservative; health hydroxytyrosol; antioxidant; antimicrobial; meat; preservative; health
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Martínez, L.; Ros, G.; Nieto, G. Hydroxytyrosol: Health Benefits and Use as Functional Ingredient in Meat. Medicines 2018, 5, 13.

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