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Digestibility of buriti (Mauritia flexuosa) fruit in a model food

Grant number: 21/09897-0
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): November 29, 2021
Effective date (End): February 27, 2022
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Food Science and Technology - Food Engineering
Principal researcher:Fernanda Maria Vanin
Grantee:Yves José de Souza Santos
Supervisor abroad: Martine Morzel
Home Institution: Faculdade de Zootecnia e Engenharia de Alimentos (FZEA). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Pirassununga , SP, Brazil
Research place: Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Agrocampus Ouest (INRA), France  
Associated to the scholarship:19/11479-1 - Inclusive and efficient food systems: effect of process on the functionality of alternative flours (chemical, structural and product digestibility properties), BP.MS


Consumer search for healthier products has been rising, which implies that viable raw material alternatives need to be better explored. In this scenario, current researches have been exploring the use of unconventional Amazonian raw materials as valuable sources of phenolic compounds. However, most of these studies have focused on the characterization of the food matrix or properties of the final product elaborated. The aim of this project is to better understand the action of phenolic compounds on metabolism, i.e. the effect of the inclusion of Buriti flour in a model food and its action on the enzymatic hydrolysis during in vitro digestion with and without saliva. The digestibility study will be performed based on the internationally recognized INFOGEST method. Buriti flours characterization in terms of chemical composition, phenolic compounds, antioxidant capabilities, thermal parameters, and even its uses in a model food has already studied. Therefore, understanding the digestive behavior of Buriti, with a high phenolic content, represents a key strategy in order to classify its products with greater assertiveness related to a functional product, which could bring an elevated added value. (AU)

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