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Food Res Int. 2018 Jan;103:345-360. doi: 10.1016/j.foodres.2017.10.053. Epub 2017 Oct 31.

Small Brazilian wild fruits: Nutrients, bioactive compounds, health-promotion properties and commercial interest.

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Department of Food Science, Faculty of Food Engineering, University of Campinas, Brazil. Electronic address:
Department of Food Science, Faculty of Food Engineering, University of Campinas, Brazil.


Brazilian berries present great nutritional, functional and economic characteristics comparable to temperate berries. They constitute an important innovation domain for the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries, due to their positive health effects and market potential. The main objective of this review was to describe the physicochemical, nutritional and biological aspects of six Brazilian small native wild fruits from the Arecaceae (açaí, buriti and pupunha), Mirtaceae (camu-camu and jaboticaba) and Malpighiaceae (murici) families, highlighting their antioxidant, anti-lipidaemic, anti-inflammatory, antiproliferative, and antigenotoxic potential among others. It also discussed some relevant topics for new studies that could be of benefit to industry and improve the local economy where these fruits are found. Thus, the dissemination of the works already carried out with these fruits strategically relevant can stimulate new lines of research to consolidate this new field for the food industries.


Ascorbic acid (PubChem CID: 54670067); Bactris gasipes; Byrsonima verbascifolia; Casuarictin (PubChem CID: 73644); Cyanidin 3-glucoside (PubChem CID: 182463); Ellagic acid (PubChem CID: 5281855); Euterpe oleraceae; Mauritia flexuosa; Myrciaria cauliflora; Myrciaria dúbia; Myricetin (PubChem CID: 5281672; Protocatechuic acid (PubChem CID: 72); Resveratrol (PubChem CID: 445154); Tocopherol (PubChem CID: 14985); Velutin (PubChem CID: 5464381); β carotene (PubChem CID: 5280489)

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