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Production of extruded functional foods enriched with carotenoids obtained from guarana peels

Grant number: 19/11113-7
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2019
Effective date (End): September 30, 2020
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Food Science and Technology - Food Engineering
Principal Investigator:Carmen Sílvia Fávaro Trindade
Grantee:Lorena Silva Pinho
Supervisor abroad: Osvaldo Hector Campanella
Home Institution: Faculdade de Zootecnia e Engenharia de Alimentos (FZEA). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Pirassununga , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : Ohio State University, Columbus, United States  
Associated to the scholarship:16/24916-2 - Preparation, encapsulation and application of extract of carotenoids obtained from the bark of guarana (Paullinia cupana), BP.DR


Extrusion cooking is the technology combines the operations of transport, mixing, kneading, shearing and shaping to manufacture range of products, such as breakfast cereals, texturized vegetable protein, pet foods, with distinct textural advantages. In addition to these properties, extrusion cooking being versatile, highly productivity, showing low operating costs, energy efficiency and shorter cooking times. With the development of extrusion technology, the incorporation of ingredients to improve the nutritional profile of these foods has been investigated. However, the use of food sensitive ingredients, such as carotenoids, in extrusion formulations remains a challenge, due to the high temperature and shear conditions employed during the process. Microencapsulation has been successfully used for the protection of sensitive food ingredients during food processing. So, it can be a potential alternative for the production of extruded, functional foods. Thus, the aim of this project will be to produce breakfast cereals enriched with carotenoids-rich extract, with the purpose of evaluating the efficiency of the encapsulation process to protect bioactive compounds during extrusion. In developing this project, it is intended to unite the skills, in microencapsulation and extrusion, opening a research front not explored by the academy, which could yield numerous collaborations Brazil / USA. In addition, there is potential for technology transfer between the universities involved in the study and industry in the field.