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Brazilian Journal of Food Technology

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RIL, Franciele Taís et al. Scientific Note: biochemical profile of rats fed yogurt containing yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis St. Hil) extract. Braz. J. Food Technol. [online]. 2011, vol.14, n.4, pp.332-337. ISSN 1981-6723.

The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of yoghurt containing yerba-mate extract (Ilex paraguariensis), with and without probiotic cultures, on the lipidic, glycemic, hepatic and kidney profiles of rats fed these types of yoghurt. Wistar rats (42) were divided into three groups (n=14) and for 30 days were fed yoghurt without yerba-mate extract, yoghurt with 0.1% yerba-mate extract and yoghurt with 0.1% yerba-mate extract and probiotic cultures. No significant effect of the yerba mate extract on the levels of total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, urea, uric acid, creatinine, glucose and the activity of the enzymes alkaline phosphatase, aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase was observed in the present study. The addition of 0.1% yerba mate extract to the yoghurt did not interfere with the metabolism of the rats during 30 days.

Keywords : Yerba-mate; Yoghurt; Probiotic; Rats; Profile; Biochemical.

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