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Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry

Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry

Vol. 8, Issue 1 (2019)

Essential oils: A novel source for food preservation


Anupama G, Netravathi, Das KK and Avinash M

Essential oils are aromatic and volatile liquids extracted from plants. The chemicals in essential oils are secondary metabolites, which play an important role in plant defense as they often possess antimicrobial properties. The interest in essential oils and their application in food preservation has been amplified in recent years by an increasingly negative consumer perception of synthetic preservatives. Furthermore, food-borne diseases are a growing public health problem worldwide, calling for more effective preservation strategies. The antibacterial properties of essential oils and their constituents have been documented extensively. Pioneering work has also elucidated the mode of action of a few essential oil constituents, but detailed knowledge about most of the compounds’ mode of action is still lacking. This knowledge is particularly important to predict their effect on different microorganisms, how they interact with food matrix components, and how they work in combination with other antimicrobial compounds. The article reviews the existing research work on the use of EOs as food preservatives as an alternative to synthetic preservatives and chemical additives in Mediterranean food products.

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How to cite this article:
Anupama G, Netravathi, Das KK and Avinash M. Essential oils: A novel source for food preservation. J Pharmacogn Phytochem 2019;8(1):2098-2101.