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Native Crops in Latin America
Biochemical, Processing, and Nutraceutical Aspects

ISBN 9780367531409
Published April 12, 2022 by CRC Press
402 Pages 16 Color & 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Functional foods improve health and can reduce the risk of different diseases. In this sense, a variety of bioactive compounds present in functional foods are able to modulate inflammatory responses or exhibit interesting bioactivities such as antihypertensive, antioxidants, anticancer, antimicrobials, anticariogenics, among others.

There is a revalorization and mounting characterization on ancient grain crops of Latin America such as chia, amaranth, quinoa, Andean lupin, sacha inchi. This area also posseses a huge variety of native fruits such as camu camu, goldenberry, lucuma, which have health-promoting compounds. Native Crops in Latin America: Biochemical, Processing, and Nutraceutical Aspects explores recent investigations related to the potential use of the native crops as sources of bioactive compounds (proteins, hydrolysates, peptides, antioxidants, essential lipids, dietary fiber, pre- and probiotics) and as ingredients in functional foods.

Key Features:

  • Contributes to increasing knowledge of Latin American crops
  • Contains information of various native crops and nutraceutical potentiality
  • Discusses characterization of their by-products
  • Explores revaluation and food application for enrichment food matrices

This book contains recent findings impacting research in subjects such as cardiovascular and gastrointestinal systems, gut microbiota, delivery systems, product development, and gastronomy. Such information on Latin American crops may significantly influence the well-being, health, and nutrition of consumers. This will be a useful resource for food scientists, food technologists, nutritionists, ingredient manufacturers, and health care professionals, and relevent knowledge for any University’s Food Science department.

Also available in the Food Biotechnology and Engineering series:

Volatile Compounds Formation in Specialty Beverages, edited by Felipe Richter Reis and Caroline Mongruel Eleutério dos Santos (ISBN: 9780367631901)

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Table of Contents


Series Preface ix
Preface xiii
Acknowledgments xv
List of Contributors xvii

1 Andean Native Grains, Quinoa, and Lupin as Sources of Bioactive Components 1

Jukka-Pekka Suomela, Ritva Repo-Carrasco-Valencia, and Mariane Lutz

2 Quinoa, Kañiwa, Amaranth, and Lupin as Ingredients in Gluten-Free Baking 35

Ritva Repo-Carrasco-Valencia and Julio Mauricio Vidaurre-Ruiz

3 Biodiversity of Andean Maize (Zea mayz). Nutritional, Functional, and Technological

Properties 61

Norma Sammán, Alejandra Gimenez, Cristina Segundo, and Manuel Lobo

4 Bioactive Compounds in Native Cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) 91

Rosario Rojas, Billy Cabanillas, Rosario Portales, and Candy Ruiz

5 The Impact of Andean Biodiversity on a Healthy Diet and Assessment of the Anti-Inflammatory Potential of the Peruvian Cuisine 115

Fausto H. Cisneros, Martin J. Talavera, and Luis Cisneros-Zevallos

6 Nutritional Attributes and Effect of Processing on Peruvian Chili Peppers 161

Eduardo Morales-Soriano and Roberto Ugás

7 Characterization and Preservation of the Bioactive Compounds of Sacha Inchi (Plukenetia volubilis and P. huayllabambana) Oils 185 Nancy Chasquibol Silva, Rafael Alarcón Rivera, Raquel B. Gómez-Coca, Wenceslao Moreda, and M. Carmen Pérez-Camino

8 Action of Amaranth Peptides on the Cardiovascular System 209

María C. Añón, Alejandra V. Quiroga, Adriana A. Scilingo, Valeria A. Tironi, Ana C. Sabbione, Agustina E. Nardo, Santiago E. Suárez, and Susan F. García Fillería

9 Effect of Amaranth Bioactive Peptides on the Gastrointestinal System 237

Valeria A. Tironi, María C. Añón, Adriana A. Scilingo, Alejandra V. Quiroga, and Ana C. Sabbione

10 Development of Delivery Systems of Bioactive Compounds Using Chia Seed
By-Products 265

Luciana Magdalena Julio, Vanesa Yanet Ixtaina, and Mabel Cristina Tomás

11 New Approaches about Nutraceutical Aspects of Dietary Fiber From Chia Seeds as a Functional Ingredient 287

Loreto A. Muñoz

12 Chia Proteins as a Source of Bioactive Peptides to Enhance Human Health Benefits 307

Juliana Cotabarren, Adriana Mabel Rosso, Walter David Obregón, and Mónica Graciela Parisi

13 Effects of Phytochemicals in Native Berries on the Reduction of Risk Factors of Age-Related Diseases 337

Mariane Lutz and Marcelo Arancibia

Index 371

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Ritva Repo-Carrasco-Valencia (Ph.D. Food Chemistry, University of Turku; MSc. Cereal Chemistry and Technology, University of Helsinki)  has been passionate about Andean native grains ever since she first learnt about them in the 1980s while living in Cusco, Peru, the capital of the old Inca Empire. Through her research, she has raised awareness of the numerous nutritional benefits of quinoa, amaranth, kañiwa and tarwi (Andean lupin). Although consumed by indigenous peoples for centuries, these grains had been shunned by the wider Peruvian population in favour of a Western diet for most of the past century. Today, their high nutritional value is better understood and quinoa is now ubiquitous in health stores worldwide.

Dr. Repo-Carrasco-Valencia is currently a professor and research scientist at the National Agrarian University La Molina (UNALM), in Lima, Peru. She is director of the Center of Innovation for Andean Grains at UNALM and leads various international research projects. Among these is the European Union-funded Protein2Food (P2F) project, which aims at developing innovative, cost-effective and resource-efficient plant proteins. In 2017, Dr Repo was awarded the Order of the Lion of Finland in recognition of her work.

Mabel C. Tomás, Ph.D, is a Research Scientist of Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Argentina, and conducts her research activities at Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo at Criotecnología de Alimentos-CIDCA (CONICET-CIC-UNLP).  (Argentina). She supervises research of graduate students and visiting scholars and works closely with local and global research and education. She is also Professor of Food Toxicology at the Facultad de Ciencias Exactas (UNLP) and in the post-graduate Master in Food Technology and Hygiene (UNLP). She obtained her degree in Chemistry at Facultad de Ciencias Exactas  y Naturales  of  the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA). Later, she received her Ph. D. in Chemical Sciences from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP) (Argentina). She also worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at Instituto del Frío (CSIC, Spain). 

Her research interests are related to the development, the characterization and the application of delivery systems of different bioactive compounds in foods. The development of functional foods enriched with omega-3 fatty acids, mainly from chia seeds, and their nutraceutical aspects represents for her activities an important challenge.

The major area of her research is on functional lipids, (omega-3 fatty acids, phospholipids, lecithin), phenolic bioactives and other natural antioxidants of plants and preservation technologies in their role to retard lipid oxidation contributing with benefits on human health. 

M. C.Tomás has published about 70 research papers, edited 1 book, 18 book chapters, and leads different research projects. She served as President of the International Society for Fat Research (ISF), Chair of the Phospholipid Division and member of the American Oil Chemists´ Society (AOCS), USA. Also, she is a founding member of the International Chia i-link Network and the Iberoamerican Valuable Seeds Group of CYTED.