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Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture

Jae-Suk Choi
Soybean sprouts are nutrient-rich, containing plentiful protein, vitamin C, and minerals and are packed in small numbers after production. As soybean sprouts were mass produced in a factory, the occurrence of rotting in soybean sprouts has become a serious problem. To overcome these problems, many efforts have been made to provide healthy soybean sprouts in Korea. This paper reviewed the physicochemical techniques used for supplying water with antibacterial properties and the natural antimicrobial materials developed for soybean sprout cultivation...
November 16, 2018: Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture
M Thereza M S Gomes, Adina L Santana, Diego T Santos, M Angela A Meireles
BACKGROUND: The growing interest on supercritical fluids applied to particle engineering over the last years has received attention from the food and non-food industries, in terms of processing, packaging and preservation of these products. The rapid expansion of supercritical solutions (RESS) process is an efficient and promising method to produce small particles with narrow size distribution. OBJECTIVE: In this review we report technological aspects on the application of RESS process applied to the food and non-food industry, considering recent data and patent survey registered in literature...
September 25, 2018: Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture
Hadi Emamat, Hadith Tangestani, Zahra Bahadoran, Sajjad Khalili-Moghadam, Parvin Mirmiran
BACKGROUND: Type 2 diabetes is a multifactorial disorder influenced by both genetic and environmental factors and is rising dramatically throughout the world. Recently, consideration to dietary acid-base load has been raised as a nutritional indicator that could have metabolic effects. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to systematically investigate the associations of dietary acid load indices with glucose/insulin homeostasis and type 2 diabetes in a patent based review...
September 24, 2018: Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture
Farahnaz Ahmadi Norodinvand, Davoud Khodadadi Dehkordi, Aslan Egdernezhad
BACKGROUND: Deficit irrigation is an optimum technique for producing products under drought stress conditions. The superabsorbent hydrogel is a hydrophilic polymer with cross-linked 3-D hydrophilic nets that is able to take up and keep noteworthy values of water and aquatic liquids. Recently published patents have shown significant information in the superabsorbent application in agriculture. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the superabsorbent effect on the yield and some of the growth factors of Pisum sativum L...
September 24, 2018: Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture
Mohammad H Morowvat, Younes Ghasemi
BACKGROUND: Nowadays, chlorophycean microalgae have attained a broad-spectrum attention as potential candidate for biomass and bioenergy production. Despite their appreciated benefits, one of major problems is their low biomass and lipid productivity. Here we investigated the heterotrophic culture in shake flasks and stirred tank bioreactor to improve the lipid and biomass production in a naturally isolated strain of Chlorella vulgaris. METHODS: A naturally isolated C...
September 10, 2018: Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture
Veronica Cocetta, Daniela Catanzaro, Vittoria Borgonetti, Eugenio Ragazzi, Maria C Giron, Paolo Governa, Ilaria Carnevali, Marco Biagi, Monica Montopoli
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), are considered a growing global disease, with about ten million people being affected worldwide. Maintenance of intestinal barrier integrity is crucial for preventing IBD onset and exacerbations. Some recent patents regarding oily formulations containing probiotics (WO2010122107A1 and WO2010103374A9) and the use of probiotics for gastrointestinal complaints (US20110110905A1 and US9057112B2) exist, or are pending application. OBJECTIVE: In this work we studied the effect of a fixed combination of registered Lactobacillus reuteri and Lactobacillus acidophilus strains and herbal extracts in an in vitro inflammation experimental model...
August 8, 2018: Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture
Jae-Suk Choi
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) has been widely used in traditional medicine, and as raw material for cosmetics, beverages, and health functional foods. However, some adverse effects of ginger have been reported. In addition, the hot and pungent taste of ginger leads to reduced consumption. To overcome these problems, methods for the production of fermented, steamed (or steamed-dried), aged, roasted and beopje ginger have been developed. This review provides an overview and summary of new ginger processing procedures, including methods to reduce the pungent flavor of ginger, extend shelf-life, increase the health-functional compound content, and improve safety...
August 6, 2018: Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture
Amira Mechri, Wassila Benabderrahmane, Amel Amrani, Nassima Boubekri, Fadila Benayache, Samir Benayache, Djamila Zama
BACKGROUND: Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha), a common edible plant, is widely used for the preparation of different foodstuff and is also used in traditional medicine to treat heart problems and gastrointestinal ailments. Recently, a few patents of Crataegus preparation for protective effects (prevention of cardiovascular and hepatic diseases) have been developed. OBJECTIVE: The current study aimed to explore the antioxidant and hepatoprotective effects of n-butanol extract of Crataegus oxyacantha leaves in acute liver damage induced by doxorubicin (DOX)...
July 29, 2018: Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture
Kanza A Awan, Masood S Butt, Faiza Ashfaq, Hussan Munir, Hafiz A Rasul Suleria
OBJECTIVES: The present research was tailored to explore the prophylactic role of garlic extracts to mitigate some diet related malfunctions. The recent patents regarding as antidiabetic agents (US 20140147528 A1) and garlic compositions (US 20110129580 A1) also helped in the study design. METHODS: Bioevaluation trials were conducted on Sprague Dawley rats by feeding garlic extracts for a period of sixty days. Accordingly, three studies were carried out comprising of normal, hyperglycemic and hypercholesterolemic rats...
July 23, 2018: Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture
Caroline Cerqueira Araujo Magalhaes, Julia Andrade Romao, Geiza Suzart Araujo, Diego T Santos, Giovani Brandao Mafra De Carvalho
BACKGROUND: The use of nutritional supplementation of the brewer's wort can be an interesting option to increase cell viability and yeast fermentability. OBJECTIVE: This study aims at to evaluate the effects of the variables wort concentration and nutritional supplementation with palm oil in the production of beer in high density wort. METHOD: The process effects were evaluated through the central composite rotational design of type 22 associated with the response surface methodology (RSM)...
July 23, 2018: Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture
Chaowanee Chupeerach, Cholathip Yothakulsiri, Rungrat Chamchan, Uthaiwan Suttisansanee, Kitti Sranacharoenpong, Anchalee Tungtrongchitr, Nattira On-Nom
Coconut jelly is a popular dessert among Asian people. However, it contains high levels of sugar. The recent patents on steviol glycoside (WO2015014969A1), steviol glycoside compositions for oral ingestion or use (WO2017095932A1) and sweetener composition for preventing and improving obesity, containing glycolysis inhibitor ingredient (EP2756764B1) [3] help to select the sweetener for development of coconut jelly. OBJECTIVE: Therefore, the purposes of this study were to develop a healthier coconut jelly formula by using stevia as a natural sweetener as well as to investigate the short-term effects of modified coconut jelly (MCJ) compared to control formula (CCJ) consumption on glycemic and insulin responses in twelve healthy participants...
July 17, 2018: Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture
Prabhavathi Supriya, Kandikere R Sridhar
BACKGROUND: Recent patents reveal that vegetable ingredients have several applications in novel food formulations. Many so-called antinutritional components (e.g. tannins, saponins, lectins and protease inhibitors) have nutraceutical as well as pharmaceutical significance. Seeds of two wild legumes of the genus Canavalia inhabitants of the coastal sand dunes of Southwest India are known for a variety of bioactive principles (e.g. phenolics, tannins, canavanine, concanavalin and phytohemagglutinins)...
July 9, 2018: Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture
Lenia Rodrigues, Graca Machado, Cristina Conceicao Pinheiro
In light of the increasing interest of the economic and socio-political impacts of the 'traditional food' trend, it is essential to understand the determinant factors that lead to traditional consumer choices. The standardization of sensory quality evaluation methods is a pressing need for the food products certification, particularly foods with specific sensory characteristics, such as those with a protected designation of origin (PDO). Consumer perception of particular foods, particularly foods that are culturally and socially contingent, such as cheese, must be understood as both a psychophysical reflex and a learned social practice...
July 4, 2018: Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture
Rui Gaspar, Adriano da Silva Costa
For consumers to make healthy informed decisions (e.g. choose a low nutritional risk food product), they need to receive and exchange information and knowledge with health authorities, health and risk communicators and other interested groups. However, communicators are often faced with the challenge that consumers avoid such information and have a low engagement with the communication process. This often occurs due to a lack of consideration of consumers' characteristics and consequent communications tailoring to these...
July 1, 2018: Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture
Mohammad H Morowvat, Younes Ghasemi
BACKGROUND: The photosynthetic unicellular microalgal strain, Chlorella vulgaris is considered as a robust biomass and lipid producer for human food and feed and also green energy production. The culture media composition plays a crucial role in biomass and lipid production and productivity. METHODS: The photosynthetic green microalga C. vulgaris was studied in three distinct cultivation experiments each for 22 days, using BG11 and f/2 culture media to investigate the effects of different levels of nitrogen and culture media replacement on cell growth, lipid production and productivity...
June 10, 2018: Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture
Somya Singhal, Prasad Rasane, Sawinder Kaur, Umar Garba, Jyoti Singh, Nishant Raj, Neeru Gupta
BACKGROUND: Edible mushrooms are an abundant source of carbohydrates, proteins, and multiple antioxidants and phytonutrients. This paper presents a general overview on the edible fungus describing the inventions made in the field of its cultivation, equipment and value added products. OBJECTIVE: To understand and review the innovations and nutraceutical benefits of mushrooms as well as to develop interest regarding the edible mushrooms. METHODS: Information provided in this review is based on the available research investigations and patents...
June 3, 2018: Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture
Gennaro Civero, Vincenzo Rusciano, Debora Scarpato
BACKGROUND: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is the most important tool for implementing Sustainability Guidelines for Business (US20030018487A1), delivering economic, social and environmental benefits for all the stakeholders and is currently the focus of international studies and debates (US7260559B1), especially in the agri-food sector as demonstrated by recent patents (CA2862273A1). In most agri-food businesses operating in Italy, there is little effectiveness in the communication strategies of this instrument to the stakeholders since they are often not advanced...
May 7, 2018: Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture
Aline Das Gracas Souza, Ricardo Ernesto Muraro, Oscar Jose Smiderle, Valmor Joao Bianchi
This study aimed to verify the influence of different substrates with and without addition of nutrient solution on the production of the rootstock cultivar Capdeboscq and grafted peach plants of 'Chimarrita' scion. In the first experiment, the height and stem diameter of the rootstocks were evaluated every two weeks, up to 90 days after transplanting. At 90 days after transplanting, dry weight of shoots and roots, total dry mass and Dickson Quality Index were evaluated. In the second experiment, seedlings of 'Capdeboscq' were grafted with 'Chimarrita' scion...
May 7, 2018: Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture
Muhaimin Rifa I, Mulya Dwi Wahyuningsih, Noviana Dwi Lestari, Aris Soewondo, Mansur Ibrahim, Hideo Tsuboi
OBJECTIVE: The sharp increase of pro-inflammatory cytokine becomes a severe problem in some degenerative diseases. This study aimed to investigate the effect of cherry leaf extract (CLE) on pro-inflammatory cytokine production in a hyperglycaemic mouse model. METHODS: In this study, we induced hyperglycemia with high-fat diet and 20% fructose drink. Hyperglycemic mice were orally administered with CLE with the dose of 420, 700, and 28000 mg/kg BW for two weeks. After treatment, the pro-inflammatory molecule was analyzed by flow cytometry by isolating spleen cells...
April 26, 2018: Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture
Tingting Xu
BACKGROUND: Limited patents have explored young children's understanding of the connection between food and health. This qualitative study aimed to narrow this gap by investigating young children's health conceptions. METHODS: Seventy-two children, 5 to 7 years of age, participated in this study. Two instruments, the demographic survey and child interview survey, were used to collect data. Data were analyzed following the processes of conducting initial coding, specifying categories, and combining categories to develop themes...
March 27, 2018: Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture
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