Background: Numerous epidemiological studies have demonstrated the association between
(poly)phenol-rich foods and human health. Growing consumer knowledge of the relationship between diet, good
health and disease prevention stimulated manufacturing opportunities. Functional foods and their synergistic
health benefits, beyond just being a source of individual nutrients, are highly demanded by consumers.
Objective: Therefore, the aim of this study was to review available literature focusing on the nutraceutical role of
(poly)phenols, and role in functional foods production, with a specific focus on (poly)phenols derived from byproducts.
Results: The review of the literature showed that antioxidant extracted from residual sources could prevent lipid
peroxidation and protect against oxidative damage by scavenging oxygen radicals, and therefore contribute to the
longer stability of foods, be used for increasing the stability of foods. These effects may also translate to humans,
improving the effects on health of certain foods.
Conclusion: However, careful monitoring of production is needed in order to maximize the (poly)phenol content
of plant foods.