Article Id: DR-738 | Page : 318-322
Citation :- OPTIMIZATION OF INGREDIENTS FOR A HERBAL BEVERAGE WITH MEDICINAL ATTRIBUTES.Asian Journal of Dairy and Food Research.2013.(32):318-322
Akhilesh Verma and Alpana Singh* alpana_singh12@rediffmail.com
Address : Department of Food Science and Technology Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya Jabalpur – 482 004, India


Health oriented individuals are turning to medicinal or herbal preparations as alternative to caffeinated beverages. An organoleptically acceptable arjuna-ginger medicinal mix blended with natural colour (safflower florets) and sweetener (stevia leaves) was developed. Medicinal mix was optimized at 14.64% stevia leaves, 27.45% ginger shreds, 45.73% arjuna bark and 12.18% safflower petals. About 1.64 g of this formulation is appropriate to make 100 ml of hot beverage. The mix contained 9.99-10.54% protein, 20.04-20.53% ash, 42.30-45.39% carbohydrates, 54.0-71.5 mg P, 147-242 mg S, 167-208 mg Ca, 75.7-77.8 mg Mg,17.9-21.9 mg Fe, 0.7-1.1 mg Cu, 0.48-0.7 mg Zn, 5.7-7.9 mg Mn, 0.1 to 1.0 0Brix TSS, 0.006 to 0.011% titrable acidity and 35.6-37.6 mg ascorbic acid per 100g of herbal mix. Bright, sparkling and clear infusion of orangish brown colour with pleasant strong aroma and taste was obtained from optimized medicinal formulation. Microbial quality of the product packed in aluminum foil bag was well up to 3 months storage at ambient temperature.


Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) Beverage mix Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Safflower   (Carthamus tinctorius) Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana)


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