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Información tecnológica

versión On-line ISSN 0718-0764

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ARRIOLA-GUEVARA, Enrique; GARCIA-HERRERA, Tania; GUATEMALA-MORALES, Guadalupe M  y  GARCIA-FAJARDO, Jorge A. Preliminary Study of the Properties of Mexican Lime Seed (Citrus aurantifolia swingle) for its Possible Uses. Inf. tecnol. [online]. 2006, vol.17, n.6, pp.97-102. ISSN 0718-0764.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-07642006000600015.

Key properties of seed of Mexican lime (Citrus aurantifolia swingle) were studied for potential uses by the food industry. Characteristics considered included physical properties, composition, toxicity to rodents (average lethal dose and chronic toxicity), as well as germicidal activity (inhibition rings and germicidal effectiveness). The seed contained 21% protein, 39% vegetable oil and 29% fiber, particularly lignin. The seed could potentially be used as a basic component for nutritional supplements or functional food products. The toxicity was nil, and thus seed derivatives were safe for human consumption. Some germicidal effectiveness was found against Candida albicans, 85.77% (starting population = 0.304*108 UFC/ml), and against Escherichia coli, 91.447% (starting population = 190*108 UFC/ml), suggesting seed extracts could be used as an ingredient in germicidal products.

Palabras clave : mexican lime; citrus aurantifolia swingle; seed properties; food.

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