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Bioactivities of alternative protein sources and their potential health benefits

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Increasing the utilisation of plant proteins is needed to support the production of protein-rich foods that could replace animal proteins in the human diet so as to reduce the strain that intensive animal husbandry poses to the environment. Lupins, quinoa and hempseed are significant sources of energy, high quality proteins, fibre, vitamins and minerals. In addition, they contain compounds such as polyphenols and bioactive peptides that can increase the nutritional value of these plants. From the nutritional standpoint, the right combination of plant proteins can supply sufficient amounts of essential amino acids for human requirements. This review aims at providing an overview of the current knowledge of the nutritional properties, beneficial and non-nutritive compounds, storage proteins, and potential health benefits of lupins, quinoa and hempseed.

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The article was received on 22 Feb 2017, accepted on 30 Jun 2017 and first published on 03 Jul 2017


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7FO00302A
Citation: Food Funct., 2017, Advance Article
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    Bioactivities of alternative protein sources and their potential health benefits

    A. Pihlanto, P. Mattila, S. Mäkinen and A.-M. Pajari, Food Funct., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7FO00302A

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