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Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2012 Apr;23(2):182-6. doi: 10.1016/j.copbio.2011.10.001. Epub 2011 Oct 22.

Microencapsulation in food science and biotechnology.

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Istituto di Scienze dell'Alimentazione, ISA-CNR, Via Roma 64, 83100, Avellino, Italy. mena@isa.cnr.it

Abstract

Microencapsulation can represent an excellent example of microtechnologies applied to food science and biotechnology. Microencapsulation can be successfully applied to entrap natural compounds, like essential oils or vegetal extracts containing polyphenols with well known antimicrobial properties to be used in food packaging. Microencapsulation preserves lactic acid bacteria, both starters and probiotics, in food and during the passage through the gastrointestinal tract, and may contribute to the development of new functional foods.

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10.1016/j.copbio.2011.10.001
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