Isolation of pectin from banana peel waste: Its utilization in formulation of chewable lozenges
Yogesh S Kolekar, Sajid A Mulani, Firoj A Tamboli, Harinath N More, Namdeo R Jadhav
Bananas are considered as one of the most important tropical fruits in the world market. Banana fruit peels comprise a significant quantity of wastes products from Saba banana processing. These peels are just left as solid waste at large expense and are not being used for any other purpose. Thus, the operation of food processing wastes in the industry is now becoming a very serious ecological and addition pollution for environment. Fruit peels contain some valuable compounds like pectin. This work aims to develop value added products such as pectin from solid waste by extraction process from unripe banana peels; pectin is widely used as a gelling agent, thickener, emulsifier and stabilizer in different food processing operations. Aim of study, includes banana pectin can be used as pharmaceutical excipients solid as well as semisolid dosage form. In spite of several dosage forms available in the market for effective localized action. The lozenges find a special importance as they are the best dosage forms for formulating large dose medicaments. The anatomy of mouth and cheek favors easy absorption of drug, reducing the systemic absorption thus ensuring a better patient compliance especially for pediatrics and geriatrics. Paracetmol was formulated as lozenges to provide slow release medicament for the management for fever and pain. Pectin was used as polymer. All formulations prepared subjected to various physicochemical parameters like thickness, diameter, content uniformity, weight variation, etc.