Waste and Biomass Valorization

, Volume 10, Issue 10, pp 2897–2906 | Cite as

Functional Properties, Total Phenolic Content and Antioxidant Activity of Purple Cactus Pear (Opuntia ficus-indica) Waste: Comparison with Commercial Fibers

  • Araceli Monter-Arciniega
  • Tania Atzimba Hernández-Falcón
  • Nelly del Socorro Cruz-CansinoEmail author
  • Esther Ramírez-Moreno
  • Ernesto Alanís-García
  • José Arias-Rico
  • José Alberto Ariza-Ortega
Original Paper


The aim of this study was to determine the proximate chemical composition, dietary fiber functional properties, viscosity, total phenolic content, antioxidant capacity and color of purple cactus pear waste (PCPW) in comparison with commercial fibers. PCPW had similar moisture, ash and functional properties as the other fibers, also low protein, fat and total dietary fiber content but showed higher fat absorption capacity (3.38 g g−1). All fibers had a non-Newtonian pseudoplastic behavior and had high total phenolic content except the commercial fiber of Plantagum psylium which formed a gel and had the lowest total phenolic content. PCPW had the highest antioxidant activity measured by ABTS with 1485.14 µmol TE 100 g−1 dry basis, high content of digestible carbohydrates (73%) and an intense red color in comparison to the commercial samples.


Waste Purple cactus pear Opuntia ficus indica Dietary fiber Functional properties Viscosity Phenolic content Antioxidant activity Color 



This study was possible thanks to the financial support from the Programa de Fortalecimiento de la Calidad en Instituciones Educativas (PROFOCIE 2015–2016). The authors acknowledge to the Mexican association CoMeNTuna A. C. (Comisión Mexicana del Nopal y la Tuna A.C.), Hidalgo, México, for providing the plant materials. The first and second author developed this study during their Bachelor of Nutrition studies.

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Conflict of interest

The authors have no conflict of interest to declare.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Araceli Monter-Arciniega
    • 1
  • Tania Atzimba Hernández-Falcón
    • 1
  • Nelly del Socorro Cruz-Cansino
    • 1
    Email author
  • Esther Ramírez-Moreno
    • 1
  • Ernesto Alanís-García
    • 1
  • José Arias-Rico
    • 2
  • José Alberto Ariza-Ortega
    • 1
  1. 1.Centro de Investigación Interdisciplinario, Área Académica de Nutrición, Instituto de Ciencias de la SaludUniversidad Autónoma del Estado de HidalgoSan Agustín TlaxiacaMexico
  2. 2.Area Académica de Enfermería, Instituto de Ciencias de la SaludUniversidad Autónoma del Estado de HidalgoSan Agustín TlaxiacaMexico

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