Pomegranate seed oil breakthrough

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Researchers have created a stable pomegranate-seed-oil-in-water emulsion using gum Arabic, for functional beverage applications.

Scientists at the Department of Food Science, Engineering and Technology at the University of Tehran made the breakthrough, which was recorded in the European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology last month.

Pomegranate seeds are by-products of pomegranate juice, which in the UK has been popularised by processors such as Pomegreat through its Pom brand.

Some nutritionists claim the fruit and its oils help to prevent thickening of the arteries and reduce levels of bad LDL cholesterol.

Research showed an emulsion containing 15% gum Arabic by weight was still relatively stable after 42 days of storage.

"The results of this study showed that it was possible to produce a relatively stable pomegranate-seed-oil-in-water emulsion for use as a functional agent in beverages,"​ concluded a study synopsis.

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