Emerging trends in pectin extraction and its anti-microbial functionalization using natural bioactives for application in food packaging
BackgroundPectin (E?440) a naturally occurring complex heteropolysaccharide found in the cell wall and middle lamella of plants is widely used as a hydrocolloid, stabilizer, emulsifier, encapsulant, and gelling agent in foods. In addition, pectin is also a promising nutraceutical ingredient for drug delivery and formation of nanoemulsion. The unique structure of pectins is due to the presence of various hydroxyl and carboxyl groups along its backbone which enables for easy modification and functionalization with various bioactive compounds. Functionalization of the pectin for enhancing antimicrobial properties and its application in active packaging films is the current area of research.
Publication date: 01/11/2020
Author: Manoj Kumar, Maharishi Tomar, Vivek Saurabh, Tushar Mahajan, Sneh Punia, Maria del Mar Contreras, Shalini G. Rudra, Charanjit Kaur, John F. Kennedy
Trends in Food Science & Technology