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The potence of mango peel to eradicate micronutrient deficiency

Rajeswari R, G Gurumeenakshi

Published on: 28 Mar 2017 | Volume: 4, Issue: 1 | Pages: 1-5 |

“Hidden hunger” is the cry of the day, which is nothing but micronutrient deficiencies.  More than 70% of preschool children consume less than 50% RDA of iron, Vitamin A and riboflavin. Therefore the goal should be to ensure a balanced diet adequate in macro and micronutrients. This could be accomplished only by fortification with the bioactive components. On the contrary conversion of fruit waste into a fortifying agent is less costly. This definitely will pave way for more intakes of bioactive compounds. The food industry produces large volumes of wastes, both solids and liquids, resulting from the production, preparation and consumption of food. Mango is considered to be a fruit with tremendous potential for future. The waste materials such as peels, seeds and stones produced by the fruit processing industry can be successfully used as a source of phytochemicals and antioxidants. Recently, mango peels have attracted considerable attention in the scientific community due to their high content of valuable compounds, such as phytochemicals, polyphenols, carotenoids, enzymes, vitamin E and vitamin C, which have predominant functional and antioxidant properties and also a rich source of dietary fibre, cellulose, hemicellulose, lipids, protein, enzymes and pectin.