Advisor: Dr. Janet Tou
I am working on a project seeking to reconstitute apple pomace, or the "waste product" from processing apples, as a nutritional aid for human consumption. WV is one of the top producers of apples in America and roughly one-third of all apples are used for processing to make products such as juice and cider, resulting in the creation of large amounts of apple pomace. Apple pomace can cause pollution and is costly to dispose of properly. However, apple pomace is high in antioxidants and fiber indicating potential use a nutritional aid. Additionally, WV is among the least healthy states in the country, with 35.7% of adults being classified as obese. Obesity can causes several complications, including non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Given WV's current economic and health struggles our lab feels working to reconstitute apple pomace as a nutritional aid for human consumption good benefit the economy and the health of WV. We have partnered with Swilled Dog Hard Cider Company in Franklin, WV, who have provided us with apple pomace. My project specifically seeks to utilize apple pomace as a nutritional aid to combat the early stages of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.