Actual and potential applications of Yucca schidigera and Quillaja saponaria saponins in human and animal nutrition

  title={Actual and potential applications of Yucca schidigera and Quillaja saponaria saponins in human and animal nutrition},
  author={Peter R. Cheeke},
  journal={Journal of Animal Science},
  • P. Cheeke
  • Published 2000
  • Biology
  • Journal of Animal Science
Saponins are natural detergents found in many plants. Saponins have detergent or surfactant properties because they contain both water-soluble and fat-soluble components. They consist of a fat-soluble nucleus, having either a steroid or triterpenoid structure, with one or more side chains of water-soluble carbohydrates (Figure 1). 

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