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P. 20-23 /

Nutraceutical properties of lupin seed proteins A great potential still waiting for full exploitation

MARCELLO DURANTI1*, PAOLO MORAZZONI2
* Corresponding author
1. Università degli Studi di Milano, Dipartimento di Scienze Molecolari Agroalimentari, Milano, Italy
2. INDENA S.p.A., Scientific Department, Milano, I-20139, Italy

Abstract

This review reports the experimentally demonstrated nutraceutical properties of lupin seed proteins. Lupin seed is
a non-starchy, low-oil, protein- and fibre-rich legume seed, whose techno- and nutri-functional properties still await to be
fully explored and exploited. This paper provides a comprehensive and up-dated survey on the bioactivities of lupin
proteins and includes results on fibres, too. The described beneficial effects to human body span from plasma glucosedecreasing
and hypertension-lowering activities to obesity, satiety and plasma lipid homeostasis controls. The review is
intended to provide nutritionists, food scientists and technologists the state-of-art of the knowledge in the field of lupin seed
protein oriented utilisation, as well as the nutri-functional reference sources for the best exploitation of this valuable,
accessible, wealthy and healthy plant food.