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Title: A comprehensive review on carotenoids in foods and feeds: status quo, applications, patents, and research needs
Authors: Meléndez-Martínez, Antonio J. 
Mandić, Anamarija I. 
Bantis, Filippos 
Böhm, Volker 
Borge, Grethe Iren A. 
Brnčić, Mladen 
Bysted, Anette 
Cano, Ma Pilar 
Dias, M. Graça 
Elgersma, Anjo 
Fikselová, Martina 
García-Alonso, Javier 
Giuffrida, Daniele 
Gonçalves, Vanessa S.S. 
Hornero-Méndez, Dámaso 
Kljak, Kristina 
Lavelli, Vera 
Manganaris, George A. 
Mapelli-Brahm, Paula 
Marounek, Milan 
Olmedilla-Alonso, Begoña 
Periago-Castón, María Jesús 
Pintea, Adela 
Sheehan, Jeremiah J. 
Tumbas Šaponjac, Vesna 
Valšíková-Frey, Magdaléna 
Meulebroek, Lieven Van 
O’Brien, Nora 
Major Field of Science: Agricultural Sciences
Field Category: Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries
Keywords: Agro-food;Analysis;Circular economy;Databases;Intakes;Sustainability
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 2021
Journal: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition 
Abstract: Carotenoids are isoprenoids widely distributed in foods that have been always part of the diet of humans. Unlike the other so-called food bioactives, some carotenoids can be converted into retinoids exhibiting vitamin A activity, which is essential for humans. Furthermore, they are much more versatile as they are relevant in foods not only as sources of vitamin A, but also as natural pigments, antioxidants, and health-promoting compounds. Lately, they are also attracting interest in the context of nutricosmetics, as they have been shown to provide cosmetic benefits when ingested in appropriate amounts. In this work, resulting from the collaborative work of participants of the COST Action European network to advance carotenoid research and applications in agro-food and health (EUROCAROTEN,,|Name:overview) research on carotenoids in foods and feeds is thoroughly reviewed covering aspects such as analysis, carotenoid food sources, carotenoid databases, effect of processing and storage conditions, new trends in carotenoid extraction, daily intakes, use as human, and feed additives are addressed. Furthermore, classical and recent patents regarding the obtaining and formulation of carotenoids for several purposes are pinpointed and briefly discussed. Lastly, emerging research lines as well as research needs are highlighted.
ISSN: 1549-7852
DOI: 10.1080/10408398.2020.1867959
Rights: © The Author(s).
Type: Article
Affiliation : Universidad de Sevilla 
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 
Friedrich Schiller University of Jena 
Nofima–Norwegian Institute of Food 
University of Zagreb 
Technical University of Denmark 
Institute of Food Science Research 
Instituto Nacional de Saude Doutor Ricardo Jorge 
Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra 
University of Murcia 
University of Messina 
Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica 
Instituto de la Grasa 
University of Milan 
Cyprus University of Technology 
Institute of Animal Science 
Institute of Food Science, Technology and Nutrition 
University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj-Napoca 
Teagasc Agriculture and Food Development Authority 
University of Novi Sad 
Ghent University 
University College Cork 
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