1 Introduction</h5> The roles of antioxidants on human health have been widely recognized by numerous researches, and there has been an increasing interest by the food industry and a growing trend in consumer preferences for natural antioxidants over synthetic compounds for food applications ( Fu et al., 2011; Xi & Shouqin, 2007 ). However, natural antioxidants are easily oxidized and sensitive to heat and light, which limit their application in the food industry ( Chao, Wang, Zhao, Zhang, & Zhang, 2012 ). Thus, the development of carriers systems for these compounds that may help to protect them against deleterious environmental factors and to incorporate them into more complex food systems in an efficient manner is a current topic of study.</P>Microencapsulation is a reliable technique that has been in use for many decades for protecting bioactive compounds from degrading under the influence of environmental factors. This technique relies on surrounding the bioactive compounds with a semi-permeable biopolymeric matrix, avoiding or retarding their coming into contact with the deleterious environmental factors. An ongoing research topic is how to improve the physicochemical, functional, and release properties characteristics of these biopolymeric matrices, and to make them more cost efficient.</P>The most widely used
Food Hydrocolloids – Elsevier
Published: Jun 1, 2015
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