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Current Nutrition & Food Science


ISSN (Print): 1573-4013
ISSN (Online): 2212-3881

Cyclodextrins as Food Additives and in Food Processing

Author(s): Giancarlo Cravotto, Arianna Binello, Enzo Baranelli, Paolo Carraro and Francesco Trotta

Volume 2, Issue 4, 2006

Page: [343 - 350] Pages: 8

DOI: 10.2174/157340106778699485

Price: $65


This review deals with the applications of cyclodextrins (CDs) to food manufacture, focusing on the technical advantages of their use in food processing and as food additives. Their beneficial effects essentially derive from the ability to form stable inclusion complexes with sensitive lipophilic nutrients and constituents of flavor and taste. Toxicological data are examined and an assessment of CDs from the standpoint of safety for human consumption is made. Regulations are covered, showing a general trend towards a wider acceptance of CDs as food additives. The growing health consciousness of consumers and expanding market for functional foods and nutraceutical products are opening up to CDs a promising future in food industry.

Keywords: Cyclodextrins, food additives, inclusion complex, taste modifiers, nutraceutics

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