Current trends of tropical fruit waste utilization

June 12, 2017 | Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition |

Conducted by CSI University, Malaysia, and Universiti Putra Malaysia, this study addresses the increasing demand for food resources due to the rapid growth of the global population. In response, researchers are exploring the recovery of health-promoting bioactive compounds from fruit wastes to mitigate waste accumulation and meet public demand for phenolic compounds, known for their potential protective effects against chronic diseases.

Focusing on tropical fruit wastes, including durian, mangosteen, rambutan, mango, jackfruit, papaya, passion fruit, dragon fruit, and pineapple, the study reviews the current trends in polyphenolic compound recovery and utilization. It highlights the bioactive compounds present in different parts of these fruits, aiming to provide valuable insights for the food industry in developing innovative products that enhance health benefits.

The findings underscore the importance of minimizing waste in food processing and inspire further research in unexplored areas. By leveraging fruit waste to extract bioactive compounds, food manufacturers can contribute to sustainable practices while meeting consumer demand for health-enhancing products.

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