Amaranth (Amaranthus hypochondriacus) as an alternative crop for sustainable food production: Phenolic acids and flavonoids with potential impact on its nutraceutical quality

A. P. Barba de la Rosa, Inge S. Fomsgaard, Bente Laursen, Anne G. Mortensen, L. Olvera-Martínez, C. Silva-Sánchez, A. Mendoza-Herrera, J. González-Castañeda, A. De León-Rodríguez

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The demand for food is increasing, not only to meet food security for growing populations, but also to provide more nutritious food, rich in good quality proteins and nutraceutical compounds. The amaranth (Amaranthus hypochondriacus) plant, in addition to its high nutritive and nutraceutical characteristics, has excellent agronomic features. The objective of the present study was to analyze some physical and proximal-nutritional properties of amaranth seeds obtained from different varieties grown in arid zones and characterize their phenolic acids and flavonoids. Two commercial (Tulyehualco and Nutrisol) and two new (DGETA and Gabriela) varieties of A. hypochondriacus were grown at the Mexican Highlands zone. Tulyehualco and DGETA varieties had higher seed yield of 1475 and 1422 kg ha-1, respectively, comparable to corn and soybean production in agricultural areas. Gabriela had the highest protein content of 17.3%, but all varieties had an adequate balance of essential amino acids. Polyphenols as rutin (4.0-10.2 μg g-1 flour) and nicotiflorin (7.2-4.8 μg g-1 flour) were detected. Amaranth can be cultivated in arid zones where commercial crops cannot be grown; the seeds besides their well known nutritive characteristics could be a source of phenolic compounds of high antioxidant properties. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)117-121
Number of pages104
JournalJournal of Cereal Science
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Barba de la Rosa, A. P., Fomsgaard, I. S., Laursen, B., Mortensen, A. G., Olvera-Martínez, L., Silva-Sánchez, C., ... De León-Rodríguez, A. (2009). Amaranth (Amaranthus hypochondriacus) as an alternative crop for sustainable food production: Phenolic acids and flavonoids with potential impact on its nutraceutical quality. Journal of Cereal Science, 117-121. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcs.2008.07.012
Barba de la Rosa, A. P. ; Fomsgaard, Inge S. ; Laursen, Bente ; Mortensen, Anne G. ; Olvera-Martínez, L. ; Silva-Sánchez, C. ; Mendoza-Herrera, A. ; González-Castañeda, J. ; De León-Rodríguez, A. / Amaranth (Amaranthus hypochondriacus) as an alternative crop for sustainable food production: Phenolic acids and flavonoids with potential impact on its nutraceutical quality. In: Journal of Cereal Science. 2009 ; pp. 117-121.
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