Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Conference Series LLC LTD Events with over 1000+ Conferences, 1000+ Symposiums
and 1000+ Workshops on Medical, Pharma, Engineering, Science, Technology and Business.

Explore and learn more about Conference Series LLC LTD : World’s leading Event Organizer

Back

22nd Euro-Global Summit on Food and Beverages

London, UK

Teresa Mouga

Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, Portugal

Title: Seaweeds as a rich source of nutrients and bioactive compounds in human diet
Notice: Undefined index: tittle in /var/www/universal_code/abstract-details.php on line 211

Biography

Biography: Teresa Mouga

Abstract

Seaweeds have long been used as food in Asian countries. Migrations and globalization have brought the attention of European countries to these healthy foods, greatly increasing the consumption of seaweeds around the world, including in countries where its consumption it was not traditional. Seaweed production is also increasing dramatically, being currently of around 30 thousand tons a year. Despite the growing interest, there are but a few commercial species produced, such as Saccharina japonica (kombu), Porphyra (nori), Undaria pinnatifida (wakame), Ulva/Monostroma (Aonori), mainly for food, and Kapaphyccus alvarezi (elkhorn sea moss), Eucheuma cottonii (guso), Gracilaria (ogonori, or sea moss) and Chondrus crispus (irish moss) for phycocolloid extraction. In general, seaweeds exhibit high nutritional value due to high concentrations of proteins, vitamins and minerals. They also provide low energy content due to the low levels of lipids, of which many are w-3 and w-6 fatty acids, together with high concentration of polysaccharides of low digestibility. Besides the nutritional values for some of these compounds has shown to exhibit antioxidant, antimicrobial, antiviral, antitumor and many other interesting qualities. The genus Gracilaria, is no exception. As such, a comprehensive study of the nutritional profile and antimicrobial capacity of different populations of the red seaweed Gracilaria gracilis (Rhodophyta, Gracilariales) will be presented. Moisture, ash, protein and amino acids content, crude fibre, vitamin C, phycocolloids, fat content and the corresponding fatty acid profile were analyzed, and the results will be discussed. The results obtained are consistent to those usually reported for this genus and red seaweeds in general, indicating low levels of fatty acids, and high content in fiber, protein and essential amino acids. Interesting antimicrobial activities were also registered. Therefore, besides its common commercial uses, we can state that G. gracilis stands as a natural source of compounds with true nutritional and health value.