Development and evalution of a spinach based antioxidant rich beverage
Dr. Vaijayanthi Kanabur, Dr. RP Lalitha Reddy
Free radicals are generated in the body during normal course of metabolism in addition to consumption of faulty food habits, pollution, stress etc. Antioxidants are necessary to counteract the harmful effects of these free radicals. The balance between oxidants and antioxidants plays an important role in maintaining health. Therefore foods rich in antioxidants need to be included in our daily diet to increase antioxidant intake. Beverages provide a means of providing nutrients in a concentrated form which are easy to consume and digest.
In this study a spinach based beverage was developed. It was evaluated for organoleptic properties by a panel of judges from the department of Food and Nutrition. Smt. V.H.D. Central Institute of Home Science, Bangalore. Hedonic scale was used for evaluation and the beverage got a mean overall acceptability of 4.1 out of 5. 250 ml of the developed spinach beverage provides 8625 mg of trolox equivalents.