Potential prebiotic properties of crude polysaccharide extract from durian (Durio zibethinus Murr.) Seed Flour

August 28, 2023 | Trends in Sciences | 

Conducted by Kasetsart University, Thailand, this research explores the untapped potential of durian seeds as a source of prebiotic substances. Durian seed flour (DSF) was meticulously analyzed, revealing a composition rich in moisture, protein, carbohydrates, and dietary fiber. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) showcased the unique morphology of DSF granules, adorned with smooth and rough surfaces. Extracting crude polysaccharide from DSF under optimized conditions resulted in a prebiotic-rich yield with significant non-reducing sugar content. In vitro digestion revealed that around 85.32% of the crude polysaccharide extract could potentially reach the colon. The extract exhibited superior prebiotic activity compared to inulin, showcasing enhanced activity values with three probiotic strains. This breakthrough not only repurposes durian seed waste but also opens avenues for novel prebiotic ingredients, contributing to advancements in sustainable utilization of plant resources and potential applications in the food industry. Read more