The group investigates the use of native species from the Northwest of Argentina (NOA) region to evaluate foods that provide, in addition to their traditional nutritional value, other bioactive compounds associated with body functions in specific and positive way.
The group studies native fruits (chañar and mistol), Andean tubers (potatoes, geese and yacon) and legumes (white, red and black beans). For this, it’s technological and biofunctional properties, the content of bioactive compounds, the anti-radical activity and the antioxidant activity are analyzed.
In previous studies the working group determined the nutritional food situation, critical nutrients and priority foods of the NOA high-altitude populations.
Based on this and the nutritional composition of the foods studied, our goal is to formulate fortified foods that provide nutrients were observed in deficit