Javier Castro-Rosas, Carlos Raimundo Ferreira-Grosso, Carlos Alberto Gómez-Aldapa, Esmeralda Rangel-Vargas, María Luisa Rodríguez-Marín, Fabiola Araceli Guzmán-Ortiz Reyna Nallely Falfan-Cortes. 2017. Recent advances in microencapsulation of natural sources of antimicrobial compounds used in food - A review. Food Research International. doi:10.1016/j.foodres.2017.09.054
Food safety and microbiological quality are major priorities in the food industry. In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in the use of natural antimicrobials in food products. An ongoing challenge with natural antimicrobials is their degradation during food storage and/or processing, which reduces their antimicrobial activity. This creates the necessity for treatments that maintain their stability and/or activity when applied to food. Microencapsulation of natural antimicrobial compounds is a promising alternative once this technique consists of producing microparticles, which protect the encapsulated active substances. In other words, the material to be protected is embedded inside another material or system known as wall material. There are few reports in the literature about microencapsulation of antimicrobial compounds. These published articles report evidence of increased antimicrobial stability and activity when the antimicrobials are microencapsulated when compared to unprotected ones during storage. This review focuses mainly on natural sources of antimicrobial compounds and the methodological approach for encapsulating these natural compounds. Current data on the microencapsulation of antimicrobial compounds and their incorporation into food suggests that 1) encapsulation increases compound stability during storage and 2) encapsulation of antimicrobial compounds reduces their interaction with food components, preventing their inactivation.