Banana inflorescence: Its bio-prospects as an ingredient for functional foods

Lau, Beng Fye and Kong, Kin Weng and Leong, Kok Hoong and Sun, Jian and He, Xuemei and Wang, Zhenxing and Mustafa, Mohd Rais and Ling, Tau Chuan and Ismail, Amin (2020) Banana inflorescence: Its bio-prospects as an ingredient for functional foods. Trends in Food Science & Technology, 97. pp. 14-28. ISSN 09242244, DOI

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There is a renewed interest in the utilisation of agricultural by-products, particularly those from crop plants, as a source of functional ingredients. The banana (Musa spp.) is a popular food crop worldwide but its inflorescence is often undervalued, similar to other agricultural by-products. As the banana inflorescence is traditionally consumed as food and medicine, it has the potential to be developed into functional foods. Scope and approach: The present review systematically summarises the nutritional attributes, bioactive components and potential health-promoting properties of the inflorescence of the banana plant for the first time. Key Findings and Conclusions: The findings thus far, particularly on the broad array of bioactive chemical constituents in the inflorescence and their corresponding biological activities, seem to justify its proposed use in various food industries. Perspectives on the current status of research and future work potentially leading to the development and commercialisation of the banana inflorescence into value-added products, are also provided. From this review, it is clear that the banana inflorescence has great potential to be developed into useful nutraceuticals and functional foods.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China [CARS-31-12], Department of Science and Technology of Guangxi [GuikeAD19110141] [2017GXNSFAA198177] [2019GXNSFAA185027] [GuikeAA17204038]
Uncontrolled Keywords: Musa spp.; Banana flower; Nutritional composition; Bioactivitles; Health prospects
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2023 03:26
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2023 03:26

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