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Functional strawberry and red beetroot jelly candies rich in fibers and phenolic compounds

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Jelly candies have a poor nutritional value due to their primary ingredients, which include gelling agents and sugar. In comparison to commercial jelly candy, the aim of this study is developing a natural and healthy jelly candy using fresh fruit comparing with commercials. Three types of jelly candies were prepared (T1: 75% strawberry + 25% beetroot; T2: 50% strawberry + 50% beetroot; T3: 25% strawberry + 75% beetroot). Physico-chemical, phytochemical, microbial, and sensorial profiles of jelly candy were evaluated. The results showed the superior recipe was T1, which recorded the highest values of bioactive compound content. Therefore, it also had the highest antioxidant activity 52.55%. Otherwise, T2 was considered the most favorable recipe for sensory evaluation, which recorded the highest value of overall acceptability and other sensory properties. Decreasing moisture content in all treatments compared with control had a great effect of preventing microbial growth in all samples except control. Therefore, this study creates a new healthier alternative product with the same sensory parameters of commercial jelly candy for all consumer types, especially children. ACKNOWLEDGMENT: All authors are thankful to the Food Science Department and Food Processing Technology Program at the Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University, Egypt for helping them for conducting a few practical experiments in their laboratories.

About the Authors

M. R. Ali
Cairo University

Marwa R. Ali — Associate Professor, Department of Food Science, Faculty of Agriculture

1 Gamaa Street, 12613, Giza

R. M. Mohamed
Cairo University

Reda M. Mohamed — Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science, Faculty of Agriculture

1 Gamaa Street, 12613, Giza

T. G. Abedelmaksoud
Cairo University

Tarek G. Abedelmaksoud — Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science, Faculty of Agriculture

1 Gamaa Street, 12613, Giza


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Ali M.R., Mohamed R.M., Abedelmaksoud T.G. Functional strawberry and red beetroot jelly candies rich in fibers and phenolic compounds. Food systems. 2021;4(2):82-88. (In Russ.)

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