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Molecules, Vol. 23, Pages 1404: Cocoa Shell: A By-Product with Great Potential for Wide Application

Molecules, Vol. 23, Pages 1404: Cocoa Shell: A By-Product with Great Potential for Wide Application

Molecules doi: 10.3390/molecules23061404

Authors: Jelena Panak Balentić Đurđica Ačkar Stela Jokić Antun Jozinović Jurislav Babić Borislav Miličević Drago Šubarić Nika Pavlović

Solving the problem of large quantities of organic waste, which represents an enormous ecological and financial burden for all aspects of the process industry, is a necessity. Therefore, there is an emerged need to find specific solutions to utilize raw materials as efficiently as possible in the production process. The cocoa shell is a valuable by-product obtained from the chocolate industry. It is rich in protein, dietary fiber, and ash, as well as in some other valuable bioactive compounds, such as methylxanthines and phenolics. This paper gives an overview of published results related to the cocoa shell, mostly on important bioactive compounds and possible applications of the cocoa shell in different areas. The cocoa shell, due to its nutritional value and high-value bioactive compounds, could become a desirable raw material in a large spectrum of functional, pharmaceutical, or cosmetic products, as well as in the production of energy or biofuels in the near future.

Authors:   Panak Balentić, Jelena ; Ačkar, Đurđica ; Jokić, Stela ; Jozinović, Antun ; Babić, Jurislav ; Miličević, Borislav ; Šubarić, Drago ; Pavlović, Nika
Journal:   Molecules
Volume:   23
edition:   6
Year:   2018
Pages:   1404
DOI:   10.3390/molecules23061404
Publication date:   09-Jun-2018
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