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A review of current analytical methods for the determination of prebiotics in foods

Tran Hung Son Vu Thi Thanh An Mac Thi Thanh Hoa Cao Cong Khanh Le Thi Hong Hao
Received: 03 May 2021
Revised: 24 Jun 2021
Accepted: 24 Jun 2021
Published: 30 Jun 2021

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Tran Hung Son, Vu Thi Thanh An, Mac Thi Thanh Hoa, Cao Cong Khanh, Le Thi Hong Hao. "A review of current analytical methods for the determination of prebiotics in foods". Vietnam Journal of Food Control. vol. 4, no. 2 (en), pp. 146-159, 2021

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Prebiotics are a group that improves the human intestinal microbiota. The relationship between prebiotics and human health has been an area of increasing interest in recent years. Fructo-oligosaccharides and galacto-oligosaccharides are the two important groups of prebiotics with beneficial effects on human health. Besides that, more and more carbohydrates have shown a good potential to be prebiotics has been studied. This study presents a review of the characteristics, properties, and analytical methods used for the determination of prebiotics in food products. Most of the methods found using chromatographic methods, especially HPAEC - PAD but also another method, such as spectrometric methods have been presented. A discussion was presented highlighting the drawbacks of current analytical methods and the need to develop these methods to analyze the complex food samples containing prebiotics.


prebiotics, review, foods, analytical methods, fructo-oligosaccharides, galactooligosaccharides.


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