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      Hen Egg as an Antioxidant Food Commodity: A Review

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          Intake of antioxidants through diet is known to be important in reducing oxidative damage in cells and improving human health. Although eggs are known for their exceptional, nutritional quality, they are not generally considered as antioxidant foods. This review aims to establish the importance of eggs as an antioxidant food by summarizing the current knowledge on egg-derived antioxidants. Eggs have various natural occurring compounds including the proteins ovalbumin, ovotransferrin and lysozyme in egg white, as well as phosvitin, carotenoids and free aromatic amino acids in egg yolk. Some lipophilic antioxidants such as vitamin E, carotenoids, selenium, iodine and others can be transferred from feed into egg yolk to produce antioxidant-enriched eggs. The bioactivity of egg antioxidants can be affected by food processing, storage and gastrointestinal digestion. Generally thermal processing methods can promote loss of antioxidant properties in eggs due to oxidation and degradation, whereas gastrointestinal digestion enhances the antioxidant properties, due to the formation of new antioxidants (free amino acids and peptides). In summary, in addition to its well-known nutritional contribution to our diet, this review emphasizes the role of eggs as an important antioxidant food.

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                Journal
                Nutrients
                Nutrients
                nutrients
                Nutrients
                MDPI
                2072-6643
                24 September 2015
                October 2015
                : 7
                : 10
                : 8274-8293
                Affiliations
                Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science (AFNS), 4-10 Agriculture/Forestry Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2P5, Canada; nimalara@ 123456ualberta.ca
                Author notes
                [* ]Correspondence: jwu3@ 123456ualberta.ca ; Tel.: +780-492-6885; Fax: +780-492-4265
                Article
                nutrients-07-05394
                10.3390/nu7105394
                4632414
                26404361
                50820aed-e751-43c0-930f-f607e8da023f
                © 2015 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

                This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

                History
                : 22 July 2015
                : 18 September 2015
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                Nutrition & Dietetics
                hen eggs,naturally-occurring antioxidants,antioxidant-enriched eggs,processing,gastrointestinal digestion

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