Journal article

3-Deoxyanthocyanidin Colorant: Nature, Health, Synthesis, and Food Applications

Yun Xiong, Pangzhen Zhang, Robyn Dorothy Warner, Zhongxiang Fang

Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety | Wiley | Published : 2019


3‐Deoxyanthocyanidins are a rare type of anthocyanins that are present in mosses, ferns, and some flowering plants. They are water‐soluble pigments and impart orange‐red and blue‐violet color to plants and play a role as phytoalexins against microbial infection and environmental stress. In contrast to anthocyanins, the lack of a hydroxyl group at the C‐3 position confers unique chemical and biochemical properties. They are potent natural antioxidants with a number of potential health benefits including cancer prevention. 3‐Deoxyanthocyanidin pigments have attracted much attention in the food industry as natural food colorants, mainly due to their higher stability during processing and handli..

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