Occurrence of D-Amino Acids in Food

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The importance of amino acids is widely recognized in various fields, particularly in the field of nutrition. Their usefulness has two aspects: the first is in the role of supplementary nutrients; the second is for their physiological or pharmacological functions. The amino acid score has been used to evaluate the nutritive value of food proteins. D-amino acids commonly occur in the diet, in particular in fermented foods, as well as in fresh fruits and vegetables. Although there is a lack of experimental evidence on the risks of D-amino acid intake, the production of foods with low amounts of D-amino acids is important to human health. The concentration and the kinds of D-amino acids occurring in foods seem to depend on both the manufacturing process and starter cultures. The carefully selected starter culture and controlled technology may result lower D-amino acid amine content in fermented foods. Detection of an unnatural enantiomer, or the ratio of enantiomers, can be used to determine the authenticity of a product, as a marker for the extent of processing, and may be useful for assessing food quality. Alternatively, the presence of a higher amount of D-amino acid may indicate bacterial contamination of the product.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProgress in Biological Chirality
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Pages339-353
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780080443966
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2004

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Amino Acids
Food
Starters
Enantiomers
Nutrition
Food Quality
Nutritive Value
Vegetables
Fruits
Nutrients
Amines
Fruit
Contamination
Eating
Health
Pharmacology
Diet
Technology
Processing
Proteins

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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Simon-Sarkadi, L. (2004). Occurrence of D-Amino Acids in Food. In Progress in Biological Chirality (pp. 339-353). Elsevier Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-008044396-6/50030-7

Occurrence of D-Amino Acids in Food. / Simon-Sarkadi, L.

Progress in Biological Chirality. Elsevier Inc., 2004. p. 339-353.

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Simon-Sarkadi, L 2004, Occurrence of D-Amino Acids in Food. in Progress in Biological Chirality. Elsevier Inc., pp. 339-353. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-008044396-6/50030-7
Simon-Sarkadi L. Occurrence of D-Amino Acids in Food. In Progress in Biological Chirality. Elsevier Inc. 2004. p. 339-353 https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-008044396-6/50030-7
Simon-Sarkadi, L. / Occurrence of D-Amino Acids in Food. Progress in Biological Chirality. Elsevier Inc., 2004. pp. 339-353
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