Effect of Fatty Acid Type on Dispersed Phase Particle Size Distributions in Emulsion Edible Films

Craig P. Sherwin, David E. Smith, R. Gary Fulcher

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Abstract

Edible films used as moisture barriers can enhance food quality. Dispersed phase particle size distributions of microfluidized whey protein-fatty acid emulsion films were measured to determine the effect of fatty acid type on microstructure. Emulsions of saturated fatty acids from C14 to C22 and whey protein isolate were prepared by microfluidization and analyzed by polarized light microscopy coupled with digital image analysis. Particle size increased with increasing chain length, and at least two populations of fatty acid particles were observed. Chain length effect on particle size may be used to explain functional property differences in future experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4534-4538
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of agricultural and food chemistry
Volume46
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 1998

Keywords

  • Digital analysis
  • Edible film
  • Emulsion
  • Microscopy
  • Milk proteins

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