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ALVAREZ TRINIDAD, Sandra  and  LAMAS, Daniela. Enrichment of a vegetable drink based on Macadamia Nut (Macadamia tetraphylla) with omega-3 and probiotics. Rep. cient. FACEN [online]. 2021, vol.12, n.2, pp.63-73. ISSN 2222-145X.

The consumption of functional foods that contribute beneficially to human health is a relevant topic at the present time, vegetable drinks constitute a new alternative that is widely accepted by consumers. However, these products tend to be low in certain nutrients like polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). The macadamia nut is a crop of great interest at an industrial level due to its beneficial properties for health, however, it does not present detectable amounts of PUFAs of the eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (DHA) series. These fatty acids stand out for the remarkable benefits of their consumption on human health and their main source is fish oils. In addition to that, the use of probiotics has increased notably in the food industry, since these manage to obtain beneficial effects for the improvement in the health of the general population and it is of great importance that they reach the intestine alive in an adequate number Therefore, using them in capsule form is a solution for the bacteria to arrive alive in the digestion process. The objective of the present work was to develop vegetable drinks enriched in Omega-3 fatty acids from ray liver oil, in the form of capsules and emulsions and probiotics in the form of capsules, achieving stable and good-looking products, with nutritional content important at the protein level and fatty acid content

Keywords : Macadamia nut; omega-3; functional foods; probiotics; vegetable drinks.

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