Development and Nutritional analysis of a fiber rich fruit concentrate
Dr. Anindita Deb Pal
A phenomenal decrease in fiber content in the daily dietary patterns is a one of the leading causes of digestive disorders including various diseases associated with the upper as well as lower gastrointestinal tract. Laxatives are generally used for short periods of time until symptoms ease. Since most of the laxatives are synthetic in nature, the basic purpose of this study is to introduce fiber rich syrup which can act as a natural laxative. A fruit concentrate was developed incorporating dates, figs, pectin, ginger extract, barley water and wood apple as the main ingredients. The product was subjected to sensory evaluation and the most approved product was further biochemically tested for its nutritional composition. The product prepared showed high amounts of fiber, iron, magnesium and phosphorous as compared to the basic product making it a potential natural laxative.