Betanin--a food colorant with biological activity.

  title={Betanin--a food colorant with biological activity.},
  author={Tuba Esatbeyoglu and Anika Eva Wagner and Val{\'e}rie B. Schini-Kerth and Gerald H. Rimbach},
  journal={Molecular nutrition & food research},
  volume={59 1},
Betalains are water-soluble nitrogen-containing pigments that are subdivided in red-violet betacyanins and yellow-orange betaxanthins. Due to glycosylation and acylation betalains exhibit a huge structural diversity. Betanin (betanidin-5-O-β-glucoside) is the most common betacyanin in the plant kingdom. According to the regulation on food additives betanin is permitted quantum satis as a natural red food colorant (E162). Moreover, betanin is used as colorant in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals… CONTINUE READING


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