A number of naturally occurring dietary substances may exert physiological benefits. The production of enhanced levels or particularly tailored versions of such candidate functional compounds can be targeted by enzymatic catalysis. The recent literature contains examples of enhancing bioavailability of iron via enzyme-catalyzed degradation of phytate in wheat bran, increasing diacyl-glycerol and conjugated linoleic acid levels by lipase action, enhancing the absorption of the citrus flavonoid hesperetin via rhamnosidase treatment, and obtaining solubilized dietary fiber via enzymatic modification of potato starch processing residues. Such targeted enzyme-catalyzed reactions provide new invention opportunities for designing functional foods with significant health benefits. The provision of well-defined naturally structured compounds can, moreover, assist in obtaining the much-needed improved understanding of the physiological benefits of complex natural substances.
|Journal||New York Academy of Sciences. Annals|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Event||Conference on Foods for Health in the 21st Century : A Road Map for the Future - Univ Calif Davis, Davis, CA,|
Duration: 1 Jan 2008 → …
|Conference||Conference on Foods for Health in the 21st Century : A Road Map for the Future|
|City||Univ Calif Davis, Davis, CA,|
|Period||01/01/2008 → …|