Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Dried Plums Act As Antioxidant In Some Meats

Date:
November 7, 2006
Source:
Texas A&M University - Agricultural Communications
Summary:
To help satisfy consumer demand for more natural food products, researchers at Texas A&M University are investigating dried plums as a meat preservative. They are finding that dried plums, when pureed, have a good antioxidant capacity.

Dr. Jimmy Keeton, professor of animal science at Texas A&M University, places bone-in hams in containers at an advanced processed meats class. (Texas Cooperative Extension photo by Edith Chenault)

To help satisfy consumer demand for more natural food products, researchers at Texas A&M University are investigating dried plums as a meat preservative.

Related Articles


"We found that dried plums, when pureed, actually have a very good antioxidant capacity," said Dr. Jimmy Keeton, professor of animal science and leader of the research at Texas A&M.

"We've been experimenting with dried plums and plum juice in different types of products such as pre-cooked pork sausages, roast beef and ham to see which of those products will respond most effectively as antioxidants," he said. "We found that pre-cooked and uncured products like sausages and roast beef actually respond the best."

Antioxidants retard oxidation of fatty acids that make up fat, he said.

"If these are unsaturated fatty acids, they can oxidize more and produce off-flavors and cause shelf life problems," he said.

Synthetic products called BHA (butylated hydroxyl anisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxyl toluene) have long been used as antioxidants. The natural product, extract of rosemary, is also used.

Dried plums can enhance the flavor of some products, frankfurters in particular, Keeton said.

"We've actually had consumers tell us they prefer the flavor of products with the dried plum ingredient," he said.

Because dried plums are better known as prunes, some concerns about the laxative effects have been raised. Keeton said the dried plum puree is added in such small amounts that it should not be a concern to most people.

Researchers added dried plum pate to sausages and similar ground products while dried plum juice was found to be most effective in beef roasts.

Meats with the dried plum additives are at present a specialty.

"Companies will have to look at the market and decide if this ingredient will work for them," Keeton said. "It's not expensive, but it must be listed as an ingredient added to the product."

Researchers also want to test adding the dried plum puree to lean meat products, he said.

"Unsaturated fatty acids are found in lean tissue membranes, and therefore it can be a benefit because it prevents the oxidation of them in the membranes," he said.

The research was funded by the California Dried Plum Board.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Texas A&M University - Agricultural Communications. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Texas A&M University - Agricultural Communications. "Dried Plums Act As Antioxidant In Some Meats." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 7 November 2006. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/11/061106164429.htm>.
Texas A&M University - Agricultural Communications. (2006, November 7). Dried Plums Act As Antioxidant In Some Meats. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 18, 2015 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/11/061106164429.htm
Texas A&M University - Agricultural Communications. "Dried Plums Act As Antioxidant In Some Meats." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/11/061106164429.htm (accessed April 18, 2015).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Plants & Animals News

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Un-Bee-Lievable: Bees on the Loose After Washington Truck Crash

Un-Bee-Lievable: Bees on the Loose After Washington Truck Crash

Reuters - US Online Video (Apr. 17, 2015) A truck carrying honey bees overturns near Lynnwood, Washington, spreading boxes of live bees across the highway. Rough Cut (no reporter narration). Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Our Love Of Puppy Dog Eyes Explained By Science

Our Love Of Puppy Dog Eyes Explained By Science

Newsy (Apr. 17, 2015) Researchers found a spike in oxytocin occurs in both humans and dogs when they gaze into each other&apos;s eyes. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Dog Flu Spreading in Midwestern States

Dog Flu Spreading in Midwestern States

AP (Apr. 17, 2015) Dog flu is spreading in several Midwestern states. Dog daycare centers and veterinary offices are taking precautions. (April 17) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Raw: Rare Whale Spotted in Gulf of Mexico

Raw: Rare Whale Spotted in Gulf of Mexico

AP (Apr. 17, 2015) Researchers from the E/V Nautilus had quite a surprise Tuesday, when a curious sperm whale swam around their remotely operated vehicle in the Gulf of Mexico. Cameras captured the encounter. (April 17) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Plants & Animals

Earth & Climate

Fossils & Ruins

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins