Properties of fermented beverages from food wastes/by-products

Elisabete M. C. Alexandre, Nuno F. B. Aguiar, Glenise B. Voss, Manuela E. Pintado*

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Current global research aims to explore the key role of diet and understand the benefits of a balanced diet. Furthermore, many authors have pointed to the added value of by-products as a solution to make food production chains more environmentally and economically sustainable. By-products emerge as an alternative matrix to fermentation, and the fermentation process has the potential to transform by-products into value-added products through an efficient and sustainable process. During fermentation, besides the consumption of molecules to grow, microbial enzymes act on several phytochemical compounds, creating new derivative compounds that affect the flavour and function of fermented beverages. As an alternative for consumers with lactose intolerance or vegan or vegetarian diets, new beverages produced from plant by-products and probiotic bacteria hold great promise for the global functional food market. Several challenges were overcome in developing these new products from by-products, namely the availability and quality/standardization of raw materials, adapted microbial starter cultures for fermentation, and optimization of production processes to maximize consumer acceptance and product yield. This review provides an overview of recent research/developments in the field of new fermented beverages from by-products, and aspects related to their functionality, beyond the challenges of these new beverages.
Original languageEnglish
Article number45
Number of pages18
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2023


  • Bioactive compounds
  • By-products and wastes
  • Emerging technologies
  • Fermentative bacteria
  • Fermented beverages
  • Health benefits
  • Plant-based beverages


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