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Enzyme Research
Volume 2010, Article ID 480923, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.4061/2010/480923
Review Article

Some Nutritional, Technological and Environmental Advances in the Use of Enzymes in Meat Products

School of Food Engineering, University of Campinas, Monteiro Lobato st., 80, 13083-862 Campinas, SP, Brazil

Received 11 June 2010; Revised 31 August 2010; Accepted 14 September 2010

Academic Editor: Cristina M. Rosell

Copyright © 2010 Anne y Castro Marques et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The growing consumer demand for healthier products has stimulated the development of nutritionally enhanced meat products. However, this can result in undesirable sensory consequences to the product, such as texture alterations in low-salt and low-phosphate meat foods. Additionally, in the meat industry, economical aspects have stimulated researchers to use all the animal parts to maximize yields of marketable products. This paper aimed to show some advances in the use of enzymes in meat processing, particularly the application of the proteolytic enzymes transglutaminase and phytases, associated with nutritional, technological, and environmental improvements.