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See detailMilk-clotting properties of plant rennets and their enzymatic, rheological and sensory role in cheese making: a Review
Ben Amira, Amal; Besbes, Souhail; Attia, Hamadi et al

in International Journal of Food Properties (in press)

Plant rennets hold an important position amongst various coagulants used in cheese technology. The selection of a suitable plant coagulant is important due to the increasing global demands of cheese ... [more ▼]

Plant rennets hold an important position amongst various coagulants used in cheese technology. The selection of a suitable plant coagulant is important due to the increasing global demands of cheese alongside reduced supply of calf rennet. Thus, a literature synthesis is presented to investigate recent achievements on their functional properties and enzymatic role in cheese making. Efforts have also been done to compare certain rheological and sensory properties of final products, arising from some plant and animal based rennets. In fact, some coagulants such as actinidin or dubiumin produce cheeses with sensory qualities similar to those produced by animal rennet. Others, like ginger, cucumisin or hieronymain proteases contribute to develop very different textures and flavors, due to excessive proteolytic activity and production of bitter peptides. For milk-clotting enzymes with high non-specific action, several improvement strategies have been developed to produce cheeses with sensory properties close to those of animal rennet. For example, the mixture of coagulants (cardosins/chymosin), the selection of appropriate milk or its ultrafiltration, as well as the increase of salting time of cheese during ripening could be efficient ways to improve texture and reduce bitterness. Concerning cheeses with high yield loss, the whey could be used for a traditional production of whey cheese. To conclude, the selection of appropriate plant rennet with high MCA/PA ratio and the optimization of all coagulation parameters play a central role in manufacturing cheese with superior rheological and sensory properties. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of Front-Face Fluorescence Spectroscopy to Differentiate Sheep Milks from Different Genotypes and Feeding Systems
Hammami, Moncef; Dridi, sami; Zaïdi, Fethi et al

in International Journal of Food Properties (2013), 16(Issue 6),

The objective of the present study was to assess the potential of front-face fluorescence spectroscopy coupled with chemometric tools for the evaluation of the quality of milk samples according to the ... [more ▼]

The objective of the present study was to assess the potential of front-face fluorescence spectroscopy coupled with chemometric tools for the evaluation of the quality of milk samples according to the feeding system and genotype. Fifty (n = 50) ewe's milk samples were scanned after excitation set at 250, 290, 322, and 380 nm and emission set at 410 nm. Thirty out of the 50 samples composed the first trial and were obtained from two different genotypes (i.e., Comisana versus Sicilo-Sarde); the second trial was composed of 20 samples obtained from the Sicilo-Sarde genotype with two different feeding systems in pen (soybean versus scotch bean). Milk samples were divided into four groups named Sicilo-Sarde with pasture feeding (Spas), Comisana with pasture feeding (Cpas), Sicilo-Sarde feeding on scotch bean (Ssco), and Sicilo-Sarde feeding on soybean (Ssoy). The factorial discriminant analysis was applied to the: (i) four groups (i.e., Spas, Ssco, Ssoy, and Cpas) and (ii) three groups composed only of Sicilo-Sarde genotype (i.e., Spas, Ssco, and Ssoy). Considering the four groups, the best result was obtained with the excitation vitamin A spectra since correct classification amounting to 76% was observed. When the factorial discriminant analysis was performed with the three groups belonging to the Sicilo-Sarde genotype, the best result was obtained again with vitamin A spectra (i.e., emission and excitation spectra) since 88.6% of correct classification was observed. Concatenation technique applied to the five fluorescence spectra improved the rate of classification between the four groups since 44 out of 50 samples were correctly classified. No misclassification was observed between milk samples collected from ewes with pasture feeding from the pen feeding. It was concluded from the obtained results that fluorescence spectroscopy could be considered as a powerful tool for differentiating between raw milks according to both genotype and feeding system. [less ▲]

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See detailDietary fibre characteristics and antioxydant activity of sesame seed coats
Elleuch, M.; Bedigian, D.; Besbes, S. et al

in International Journal of Food Properties (2011), 15(1), 25-37

The dietary fibre contained in the seed coats (testae) of sesame, by-products of the dehulling processes during the manufacture of sweetened sesame paste (halaweh), were evaluated with two assays: the ... [more ▼]

The dietary fibre contained in the seed coats (testae) of sesame, by-products of the dehulling processes during the manufacture of sweetened sesame paste (halaweh), were evaluated with two assays: the AOAC enzymatic-gravimetric method and the enzymatic-chemical method. Functional properties and antioxidant activity of sesame seed coats were also determined. The total, insoluble, and soluble dietary fibre contents measured were significantly higher using the AOAC method, than with the enzymatic-chemical method. The dietary fibre contained high amounts of neutral sugars (15.11 g/100 g seed coat dry matter), insoluble uronic acids (10.52 g/100 g seed coat dry matter), and lignin (5.42 g/100 g seed coat dry matter). Physical property analyses showed a high positive correlation between particle size reduction of seed coat, water holding capacity, and oil holding capacity; however, there was a negative correlation with bulk density. Sesame testae showed a relatively high polyphenol content (9.9 mg/g of seed coat dry matter). Aqueous methanol, ethanol, and acetone extracts of seed coats yielded similar polyphenol levels (75 mg/g of extract), higher than those found in aqueous extracts (52.7 mg/g of extract). Aqueous organic solvent extracts possessed higher antioxidant activity than water extracts. Our results suggested that sesame seed coats can be used in the preparation of low calorie, high fibre, and antioxidant-rich foods. [less ▲]

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See detailOrganic Acids, Sugars, and Anthocyanins Contents in Juices of Tunisian Pomegranate Fruits
Hasnaoui, Nejib ULg; Jbir, Rania; Mars, Messaoud et al

in International Journal of Food Properties (2011), 14(4), 741-757

Juices made from fruits of 30 Tunisian accessions of pomegranate were studied for their organic acids, sugars, and anthocyanin contents, using high performance liquid chromatography. Among the detected ... [more ▼]

Juices made from fruits of 30 Tunisian accessions of pomegranate were studied for their organic acids, sugars, and anthocyanin contents, using high performance liquid chromatography. Among the detected organic acids, malic acid was the major one (>50%) followed by citric acid (>22%), while among sugars, fructose and glucose were most present in pomegranate juice contributing 53.9 and 43.4% of the total sugar content, respectively. The total anthocyanin content ranged from 9-115 mg per litre of juice with the following ranges of the six compounds found: cyanidin-3,5-diglucoside (3.1-74.4 mg/L), delphinidin-3-glucoside (0.7-22.0 mg/L), cyanidin-3-glucoside (0.8-21.0 mg/L), pelargonidin-3-glucoside (0.5-16.1 mg/L), pelargonidin-3,5-diglucoside (0.0-11.8 mg/L), and delphinidin-3,5-diglucoside (0.0-5.4 mg/L). Based on the analyzed parameters, cluster analysis allowed grouping cultivars into two main clusters. One was made of sour cultivars and the second of the sweet ones. Principle component and cluster analyses suggested that the composition of the pomegranate fruits is determined by cultivar rather than cultivation location. [less ▲]

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See detailPhysicochemical Characteristics of Date Sap Lagmi from Deglet Nour Palm (Phoenix Dactylifera L.)
Ben Thabet, Imene; Besbes, Souhail; Attia, Hamadi et al

in International Journal of Food Properties (2009), 12(3), 659-670

Physicochemical properties of sap from Deglet Nour date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) were studied. Composition analysis revealed (on a dry-weight basis) a high content of carbohydrates (94.98 g/100 g of ... [more ▼]

Physicochemical properties of sap from Deglet Nour date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) were studied. Composition analysis revealed (on a dry-weight basis) a high content of carbohydrates (94.98 g/100 g of dry matter basis) mainly sucrose, 2.72 g/100g (dry matter basis) of proteins and 2.29 g/100 g (dry matter basis) of ash. Date palm sap also contains 7.64 mg gallic acid equivalent/100 ml of total polyphenol. Thus, date palm sap showed antioxidant activity with a percentage inhibition of the DPPH radical value of 47.64%. Surface and foaming properties were also performed by drop volume and bubbling method, respectively. Equilibrium surface tension of fresh sap was 63.51 mN/m. Freeze-drying method preserved surface activity. Native sap showed better foam power (1.03) and foam stability (1150 s) than solutions prepared from lyophilised sap (5-30 g /100g of solution). Results demonstrated that this natural juice could be regarded as functional food due to its high nutritional value, antioxidant activity, surface activity, and foam power. [less ▲]

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