Vikas Kumar

Vikas Kumar
Punjab Agricultural University | PAU · Department of Food Science & Technology

PhD (Food Technology)
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Introduction
My current working field is fruits and vegetable processing, health foods, exploring the traditional foods, underutilized crops utilization and the most important is waste management.
Additional affiliations
November 2019 - present
Punjab Agricultural University
Position
  • Assistant Food Technologist
August 2014 - November 2019
Lovely Professional University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
January 2013 - June 2014
Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry
Position
  • Senior Researcher
Education
August 2010 - April 2014

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Publications (156)
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Now-a-days, there is an increased interest in fruits and vegetables processing by-products due to potential source of phytochemicals and pigments. Beetroot (Beta vulgaris) pomace extract is a rich source of betalain, phenolics and other bioactive components, which possess significant antioxidant activities. In the present study, process optimizatio...
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A numerous types of tree flowers are present in nature and few of them such as Rhdodendron, Bauhinia, Mahua, Gulmohar, Palash, Sesbania, Woodfordia, Simbal, etc. are being utilized traditionally as food and medicine by the localities of India. These flowers are rich in phytochemical (flavonoids, anthocyanins, phenolic acids, carotenoids, tannins, s...
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Mahua (Madhuca longifolia) flowers are boon for the local tribes of India and have been successfully utilized traditionally for the value addition, and are very prone for microbial spoilage. Local folks utilized malpractices of drying which deteriorates the quality attributes of the mahua flowers and ultimately fails to fetch a good price in the ma...
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Presently, there’s a great zeal for development of nutritionally sound beverages using fruits and vegetables owing to the presence of potential phytochemicals. The objective of present study was to perform process optimization for the development of tea and fruit‐oriented energy drink (ED) using apple juice concentrate (AJC), tea extract, herb extr...
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An attempt has been made for drying of Bauhinia variegata flowers along with retaining its quality attributes. The effect of various pre‐treatments viz. steam blanching (0‐6 min), potassium metabisulphite (KMS) (0‐3000ppm), citric acid (0‐1%) and dipping time (0‐45 min) was evaluated on physico‐chemical as well as phytochemical potential of dried B...
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The present investigation was carried out to formulate smoothies with melons and to study the effect of different processing treatments on the storage stability of smoothie. Different combinations of smoothies were prepared. Out of which, watermelon 80%, cantaloupe 20%, lemon juice 3.5%, and gum tragacanth 0.50% were selected and herb extracts i.e....
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Mulberry (Morus alba L.) is having numerous natural phytocompounds, which possess nutritional and pharmaceutical value. Due to its perishable nature and limited availability, it is not yet much explored except for its value addition. However, the wholesomeness in terms of shape has been always ignored. Therefore, the aim of present study was to opt...
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The aim of the study was to determine the effect of particle size dispersion of corn silk on physical, techno‐functional and antioxidant properties. Corn silk (variety: G5417) was processed into size fractions of 750, 425, 300, 212, 150 and 75 μm were characterised. The average particle size of the soluble fraction was found to be 364.4 d.nm. The p...
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Ficusgeniculata (FG) is one of the underutilized fig species in India and throughout the world. However, the different parts of the plant have numerous phytochemicals and have the potential to boom the functional food as well as the pharmaceutical food industry. The plant is still unexplored and needs the attention of researchers and industrialists...
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Research on waste valorization and utilization of food by-products are increasing day-by-day. This trend not only protect the environment from pollution but also gives good value of food industries wastes and by-products. In this study, optimization of harvesting stage and storage conditions of radish leaves has been done by using response surface...
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Syzygium cumini pomace containing numerous phytochemicals is being neglected and can be used for their extraction for efficient utilization. In the present study, three different methods of phytochemicals extraction, viz., microwave-assisted extraction (MAE), shaking water bath extraction (SWE), and conventional extraction (CE), have been explored...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to highlight the health benefits, functional role of alpha linolenic acid (ALA) in combating diet-related non-communicable diseases, absorption, metabolism, toxicity and extraction of ALA. Design/methodology/approach A wide range of publications were identified through electronic databases (Google Scholar, PubM...
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Bioactive compounds are secondary metabolites synthesized by plants for maintaining homeostasis; however, they also modulate metabolic processes and demonstrate valuable effects in the human body. e fig was cherished as food and for its pharmaceutical properties. e presence of a wide range of biologically active compounds such as carotenoids, flavo...
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The nutritional and medicinal value of citrus fruits is well known mainly attributed to their desirable phytochemical profile. However, some citrus species are only utilized by the local folks and unknown to the other parts thus remaining underutilized. These species are abundant in bioactive compounds such as polyphenols, antioxidants, carotenoids...
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Apple tea wine having phytochemical potential of tea and apple, is an option to improve quality characteristics of wine. However, quality of wine is greatly dependent on different initial variables which need to be optimized before preparation of any wine with desirable quality characteristics. Therefore, present study was conducted to investigate...
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The low calorie diet drinks is entering into a new era as preferred by different age groups. All these beverages are having no fruit or vegetable juice, which need to be taken care. Therefore, present study was aimed to develop a fruit‐oriented (watermelon) diet drink using different variables i.e. tea extract (0‐20%), herb extract (0‐5%) and sorbi...
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Abstract Suitability of developing Spirulina incorporated cereal based low cost nutritious extrudates was analysed against extrusion processing parameters. Most significant extrusion processing parameters considered for present study were feed moisture (20-25%), die temperature (100-120 °C) and screw speed (50-100 rpm). Different extrusion conditio...
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Considering the well-being cognizance of masses, the microgreens have emerged as the potential therapeutic functional foods for improving the overall health by dietary supplementation. Microgreens have delicate texture, distinctive flavors and exceptional volume of various nutrients accounting for higher neutraceutical benefits compared to their ma...
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Pericarp browning in litchi fruits affects its marketability therefore, needs to be addressed using low cost postharvest interventions. Current research focuses on the use of different organic acids viz hydrochloric acid (0.25M and 0.5M), citric acid (0.1M and 0.2M), ascorbic acid (0.1M and 0.2M) alongwith with shellac wax to study pericarp brownin...
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Food quality control and analysis have many attributes that are discussed in this chapter. Quality and safety are the major parameters in any food industry, the importance of which is discussed in this chapter. Food analysis involves various steps along with different methods, the selection of which depends on various factors such as composition of...
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Research on waste valorization and utilization of food by-products are increasing day-by-day. This trend not only protect the environment from pollution but also gives good value of food industries wastes and by-products. In this study, optimization of harvesting stage and storage conditions of radish leaves has been done by using response surface...
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The sedentary lifestyle coupled with continuously changing food habits and search for nutrient-dense enriched protective foods has resulted in increased demand and consumption of natural foods. Among natural dietary ingredients, vegetables are the daily consumed dietary ingredients packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and an array of bioac...
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Plant secondary metabolites (PSMs) are produced in the form of phytochemicals in various plant parts as a natural defense system against attack of various microorganisms and environmental stresses. The role of these compounds is beyond providing protection, as they are linked to many biochemical pathways inside and outside the plants and possess va...
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The utilization of various herbals in the different traditional therapeutical and medicinal systems has been reported prehistorically. India due to its geographical positioning on the global map is blessed with a variety of climatic and growth conditions and sustains various herbals. India is the largest producer of medicinal plants and herbs and i...
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Extraction of functional and bioactive compounds with high volumes, quality and bioactivity to improve their delivery particularly in food applications has always been a priority in food chemistry. The continuous search for newer, more sophisticated extraction mediums with improved sustainability, extractability, stability, bioactivity and safety h...
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Trend for consumption of healthy meat without synthetic additives is blooming globally and has attracted the interest of consumers and research sphere to look for enhancement of quality and safety of food. Chitosan is multi-functional marine biopolymer with several befitting properties such as non-toxicity, ease of modification, antimicrobial activ...
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Since ancient times the medicinal plants have been under use as food and potential therapeutic agent for the management of overall health and the use of all plant parts including fruits, seeds, is well reported in the literature. One such plant is Berberis aristata which is rich in vitamins, minerals, and various phytochemicals amongst which Berber...
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Historically, pesticides have shaped and revolutionized modern agriculture in successions and thus have played a major role in increasing agricultural productivity with a substantial reduction in losses and increased farm incomes. Fresh produce like vegetables is attacked by a large number of insects and pests which necessitates the use of pesticid...
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The growing interest in plant foods as a source of phytochemicals in general and antioxidants like polyphenols in particular continues to receive a great deal of attention of nutritionists, food scientists and consumers as well. Food is no more regarded as just a source of energy and nutrition but is gaining importance as a functional or nutraceuti...
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The shift in food consumption pattern to accommodate an array of bioactive compounds in foods with minimum calorie intake has resulted in the development of many novel beverages in the last decade. In the present study, optimization of apricot (AP; 0–50%) blended Aloe vera (AV; 50–100%) based low-calorie beverage functionally enriched with aonla ju...
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The honey chilli sauce was standardised using green and red CH‐27 and Punjab sindhuri chilli varieties. The samples were stored at ambient (25±2˚C) as well as refrigeration (4±2˚C) temperature and analysed for up to 8 months with 2 months interval. Honey chilli sauce with CH‐27 red was found to be significantly (p≤0.05) highest in total phenolic co...
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ABSTRACT The ever-growing need for rapid, selective, sensitive and reliable methods for the detection of various markers, contaminants, metabolites and toxins to ensure the highest food quality and at the same time to prevent outbreaks of many foodborne illnesses has resulted in continuous improvement of the existing technologies and introduction o...
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Ber, a climacteric fruit crop, is liable to spoilage during storage. This study aims to evaluate the effect of coatings on shelf life and quality retention in ber under ambient storage conditions. Coated and uncoated ber fruits were stored at ambient storage temperatures (±25ºC) for 10 days and accessed every 2 days for analysis. Ber fruits reporte...
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Correction to: Chapter 14 in: B. Tanwar, A. Goyal (eds.), Oilseeds: Health Attributes and Food Applications, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-4194-0_14
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In the present study, finger millet (Eleusine coracana) grains of variety VL Mandua-315 were soaked overnight and germinated (25° ± 2°C) for varying time intervals ranging from 12 to 96 h. Samples were drawn at every 12 h interval, dried at 50° ± 2°C, deculmed, powdered and analysed for physico-chemical composition, functional properties and minera...
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The rise in population is driving up the global food demand, which, in turn, influences the processing of foods that leads to the ample generation of waste material throughout the world. Molasses is one of the wastes generated from the sugarcane processing industry by repeated crystallization during sugar preparation. The yield varies from 2.2 to –...
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Vegetarian protein diet based food industry have emerged as one of the fastest growing industries with largest than ever shelf space it has created in today's market. The rapid growth of plant protein industry is attributed to increased health awareness, economic and environmental sustainability issues of animal proteins and their nutritious, econo...
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Canola (Brassica napus), previously known as rapeseed, is one of the most commonly grown oil seeds. Its oil is commonly known for higher amount of monounsaturated fatty acids, moderate amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids, and substantial content of tocopherols, phytosterols, and omega-3 fatty acids. Native rapeseed used to contain higher concentr...
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Soybean (Glycine max), also called as soja bean or soya bean, holds tremendous economic importance owing to its high amount of oil content (18%), high-quality proteins (~40%), contribution toward soil fertility, high productivity, and profitability; and, thus, is rightly referred to as the miracle crop. Soybeans are also a significant source of pol...
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The research was conducted to optimize the microwave-assisted extraction (MAE) process for the extraction of bioactive components from fruits of Ficus racemosa, which is considered as an underutilized and extreme source of various polyphenols. Response surface methodology (RSM) was used and the influence of different variables i.e., pH (3.5–5.5), m...
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Cotton is both a food and a fiber crop. The cottonseed fibers/linters are mainly used for textile industry, while, as a food, its oil is used worldwide in various food applications such as cooking oil, frying oil, salad dressings, shortenings, and margarines. Unlike other oilseeds/vegetable oils, cottonseed has an antinutrient known as gossypol, wh...
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Borage (Borago officinalis L.) seed is the richest source of γ-linolenic acid (GLA), which has been recognised to possess therapeutic potential against chronic inflammatory diseases such as atopic dermatitis (eczema), rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, atherosclerosis, etc. Under physiological conditions, the conversion of GLA into dihomo-γ-linolenic ac...
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Purpose Malnutrition is a serious public health problem, which occurs because of an inadequate supply of nutrients and therefore affects many children and women (especially pregnant and lactating women of low economic class) worldwide. There is a great need to develop cost-effective fortified food supplements to overcome this problem. Therefore, th...
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Aim The aim of the present study was to establishment of a process for extraction of phytochemical from Ficus racemosa Background Ficus racemosa is an underutilized crop, contains numerous phytochemical and having potential to play a significant role in food and nutritional security. However, it has lower consumer acceptability because of its tast...
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Kachnar (Bauhinia variegata) is distributed throughout the India and world. Its each part (flowers, stem, seed, root, bark, leaves) contains numerous phytochemicals like flavonoids, tannins, kaempferol, terpenoids, saponins, cardiac glycosides and quercetin which plays a vital role in promoting human health and hence this tree has gained popularity...
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Five hydrocolloids i.e. gum acacia, CMC, pectin, guar gum and sodium alginate at different levels from 0.02 to 0.5% in juice and RTS and from 0.1 to 1.0% in squash were added to analyze their effect on viscosity and suspension of kinnow juice and beverages. Juice and beverages containing CMC and sodium alginate showed significantly higher cloud sta...
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Ficus racemosa Linn. (Moraceae) is a popular medicinal plant found throughout India, which has long been used in Ayurveda as a source of medicine for curing various diseases/disorders including diabetes, liver disorders, diarrhea, inflammatory conditions, hemorrhoids, respiratory and urinary diseases. It is commonly known as “Gular” in India and wi...
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Rice bean ( Vigna umbellata ) is a legume that belongs to Vigna genus. Native to Indo-Chinese region, it is considered to be an ‘under-utilized’ or ‘orphan’ crop. Rice bean is known to possess high nutritional potential and antioxidant activity. But the use of rice bean supplementation in routine diet is limited despite its high nutritional profile...
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5-Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) is synthesized by the thermal decomposition of the sugars. Numerous types of food products are having a significant amount of HMF. Besides the thermal processing, other food processing methods (drying and dehydration, roasting, baking and storage of the product) are important factors for the synthesis of the HMF. HMF p...
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The effect of germination time on malting loss and engineering properties namely: 1000 kernel weight, bulk density, true density, porosity, length, width, thickness, geometric mean diameter, arithmetic mean diameter, sphericity, surface area, sample volume and angle of repose were studied. Increase in germination time increased malting loss up to 3...
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The health issues, mainly overweight and obesity are the growing concerns nowadays due to the associated factors and lifestyle changes which significantly has increased the individual’s health care expenditures. Fad diets are promoted as the easiest and simplest way of shedding the extra weight despite of availability of a number of treatments avai...
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Bioactive peptides have been reported to exhibit opioid-like activity and are termed as opioid peptides. Either these are produced within the human body or they are derived from certain food sources (milk, cereals, vegetables, meat, poultry etc.), the former being endogenous opioid peptides and the latter are the exogenous opioid peptides. The opio...
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Bioactive peptides can be defined as isolated small fragments of proteins which provide some physiological health benefits. They act as potential modifiers reducing the risk of many chronic diseases. To the best of our knowledge, limited literature is available for the methods of isolation of these peptides from different protein sources with their...
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The rejection of chemical additives has attracted the attention of consumers and research personals to continuously improve quality and safety of food. Chitosan is a polyelectrolyte non-toxic, antimicrobial and biocompatible polysaccharide. The annual production of chitin (poly-β-(1-4)-N-acetyl-D-glucosamine), the acetylated form of chitosan has be...
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Snacking is the most common social activity throughout the world. People often snack on various types of foods including, fried foods, dried foods, junk foods and beverages of various kinds. The snack manufacturing industry is now becoming a key food industry throughout the world. These snack products could be classified into various types based on...
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The improvement of socio‐economic status have witnessed an increase in demand of tea bags with different attributes including consumer preferences, blended nutraceutical ingredients in small sachets, ease of handling, and profit to both consumers and producers. The share of tea bags is 3–4% to total tea sale in market and is the fastest growing seg...
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The processing conditions for mushroom (Agaricus bisporous) were optimized for optimal nutrient retention. Pretreatments, namely blanching (hot water, frying, microwave, and steam blanching) and osmotic dehydration were considered as variables at different temperatures and salt concentrations (5–20%). After blanching, the different times of deactiv...