Research Papers/Topics in Food Science And Technology

Physicochemical and rheological characterization of pectin-rich fraction from blueberry (Vaccinium ashei) wine pomace

Blueberry wine pomace is rich in pectin, which has been extensively used as a functional dietary fiber and a rheological modifier in the food industry. This paper reports a method to extract the pectin-rich fraction (PF) with a mediate degree of esterification of 51.66% from blueberry wine pomace and provides insight into its relationship between the structure and rheological properties. The impacts of related extrinsic factors, such as sucrose, ions and pH, were also studied in view of food ...

Human colonic microbiota modulation and branched chain fatty acids production affected by soy protein hydrolysate

Several functional properties have been attributed to soy protein hydrolysates (SPHs); however, their gut fermentation needs to be investigated. This study aimed to determine the effect of hypo-allergic pepsineduced SPH on the growth of gut microbiota, SCFA and BCFA production in a pH-controlled, stirred, batch culture fermentation system compared with commercial SPH and soy protein isolate (SPI). The results showed that all substrates affected gut bacteria. SPH selectively increased the n...

Migration, Urbanization And Its Implication On Food Security Among Low Income Households In Manzini City Swaziland

This paper seeks to contribute to recent food security debate. On the basis of field study conducted in three low income areas of Manzini, this study investigated how insufficient food has become a chronic development problem in Africa’s urban area due to rapid urbanization which is eating up the resourceful land and pushing food production further away. Therefore this study was designed to capture the role of migration, urbanization and its implications on food security among the selected ...

Phytonutrients In Common Fruits and Vegetables For Managing Chronic Diseases: A Review Article(in progress)

ABSTRACTFoods and vegetables belong to an important class of natural products with capacity to exert therapeutic effects – due to presence of phytonutrients. A phytonutrient is any non – toxic food component that has scientifically proven health benefits, including diseases prevention and treatment. This article focuses on about 40 Natural products (fruits, vegetables, spices) which includes Water melon (Citrulus lanatus), Apple (Malus domestica), Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) and Banana ...

Effect of Fusarium Nygamai Infection on the Chemical Composition of Flour From Two Yam Varieties

ABSTRACT Yams (Dioscorea spp) are among the oldest food crops. It is estimated that after six months of storage up to 56% of the crop is lost to rot.  In Nigeria, fresh yam tubers are used for production of Elubo (yam flour) for preparation of amala, as it is called among the Yoruba in Western Nigeria, and akwunaji in the east of the River Niger. Many researchershave emphasized the importance of microbial rotting in causing storage losses. This study evaluated the effect of ya...

Effects of Infestation by Bruchid Beetles on the Nutritional Quality and Sensory Properties of Cowpeas.

The effects of infestation by Callosobruchus maculatus on the chemical, nutritional and sensory properties of three cowpea varieties were investigated. Proximate analysis showed that infestation led to an increase in moisture content by 28.6% on the average. Decreases of 10.6%, 46.5% and 11.4% in crude protein, ash and soluble carbohydrate content respectively were observed. For the three cowpea varieties, the minerals sodium, calcium and magnesium decreased by 6.7%, 10% and 1.3% respectively...

The impact of cooking on the proximate composition and anti-nutritional factors of water yam (Dioscorea alata)

Raw and boiled water yam tubers (Dioscorea alata) were analyzed for proximate contents such as ash,crude protein, carbohydrate, crude fibre, crude lipid, energy and anti-nutrients using standardprocedures and methods. The crude protein contents (10.27%), ash (2.93%) and lipid (0.15%) weresignificantly (p

SAFETY OF AZADIRACHTA INDICA OIL

Abstract— Raw Azdirachta indica seed oil is gradually adopted by local farmers as a protector of stored grains and legumes against the common insects, but with some reservations on its safety. The study investigated the safety A. indica on mammalian objects using haematological and antioxidant indices. A. indica seed was obtained from the trees in the same location in Utu Ikot Ukpong, Essien Udim Local Government Area, Nigeria. The Albino rats were  obtained from the Ani...

Evaluation of safety of Azdirachta indica seed oil on Albino rat through haematological and some antioxidants by the rotatable central composite design (RCCD) of the response surface methodo

Abstract— Raw Azdirachta indica seed oil is gradually adopted by local farmers as a protector of stored grains and legumes against the common insects, but with some reservations on its safety. The study investigated the safety A. indica on mammalian objects using haematological and antioxidant indices. A. indica seed was obtained from the trees in the same location in Utu Ikot Ukpong, Essien Udim Local Government Area, Nigeria. The Albino rats were  obtained from the Ani...

Rheological Properties of Gums Extracted from Detarium microcarpum and Colocasia esculenta in Comparism with a Standard: Gum Arabic

AbstractGums were extracted and purified from Colocasia esculenta and Detarium microcarpum.Rheological properties ofthese gums in comparism with a standard,Gum Arabic were determined.Result showed that gums from D.microcarpum(0.0113cps) and C.esculenta (0.0110cps) exhibited Newtonian characteristics and had higher apparent viscosity than GumArabic (0.0109cps).These gums exhibited shear thickening characteristics when apparent viscosity was plotted against shearrate.Density values for extracte...

Nutritional Quality of Wheat Biscuits Fortified with Soybean and Bambara Groundnut Flours.

AbstractNutritional quality and hematological indices of rats fed biscuits made from wheat flour fortified with casein,soybean and Bambara groundnut flours were investigated. Wheat flour (WF) was blended in each case with cooked,blanched and cooked/blanched soybean (SF) and Bambara groundnut (BGF) flours in the ratios of 70:30 (WF:SF) and 70:30(WF:BGF), respectively and used for the production of short soft dough biscuits. The resulting biscuit flours were used forthe formulation of test diet...

Methods of processing of some under-utilized yam and cocoyam tuber varieties: Effect on carotenoid content

Identification and quantification of carotenoids from yam and cocoyam were evaluated after different processing methods. Seven carotenoids were identified by HPLC-DAD both in the raw and processed tubers. The mean carotenoids in yam, D. cayenensis was α-carotene (0.78 µg/g), 9-cis-β-carotene (0.71 µg/g), all-trans-β-carotene (1.28 µ g/g); in D. bulbifera was lutein (1.53 µg/g), 9-cis-β-carotene (0.39 µg/g), all-trans-β-carotene (0.19 µg/g). Cocoyam, X. maffa (Scoth) h...

In vitro Inhibition of Fusarium by Lactic Acid Bacteria (LAB): Implication of Yam Disease Control for Economic Growth in Nigeria

Yam is an important crop in Nigeria, where it is produced both as food and cash crop. Fusariumrots of yam are among the most important postharvest pathogens of yam worldwide, causing a lotof postharvest losses in stored yam tubers. Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) lower the pH and create anenvironment that is unfavorable to pathogens and spoilage organisms. In vitro inhibition offusarium spp by LAB was investigated; mono-culture and multi-culture were used. The inhibitiontests were carried out with...

Changes in β-carotene Content of Thermally Processed Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatas) Cultivar

ABSTRACTThis research was conducted to evaluate the changes in β-carotene (the major pro-vitamin A) associated with processing of sweet potatoes, Total β-carotene of a sweet potato cultivar (Ex-Igbariam) was quantified using High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). The level of retention (%R) of β-carotene was calculated. The all-trans and cis isomers of β-carotene were also quantified. Processing methods used were boiling, roasting, deep fat-frying and oven drying. β-carotene rete...

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