The role of endogenous lipids in the emulsifying properties of cocoa

Gould, Joanne M. and Furse, Samuel and Wolf, Bettina (2016) The role of endogenous lipids in the emulsifying properties of cocoa. Frontiers in Chemistry, 4 . p. 11. ISSN 2296-2646

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This paper describes a study in which the emulsifying properties of cocoa material with and without its lipid fraction were explored. This study was motivated by the commercial interest in naturally-occurring particulate emulsifiers as opposed to the chemically modified emulsifying particles presently available for commercial use. The hypothesis was that endogenous lipids from cocoa were responsible for driving the formation of stable oil-in-water (o/w) emulsions. The data presented includes relative quantification of phospholipids from different commercially available cocoa material using 31P NMR spectroscopy and analyses of the emulsifying power of delipidified cocoa material. The commercially available cocoa material comprised several phospholipids, with phosphatidylcholine being the most abundant in all samples. Dispersions of delipidified cocoa material were found to drive the formation of o/w emulsions despite the absence of lipids. We therefore concluded that the emulsifying behaviour of cocoa material is not entirely reliant upon the endogenous lipids. This suggests that cocoa material may have a new and potentially widespread use in industrial food preparation and may inform manufacturing strategies for novel food grade emulsifiers.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Oil-in-water emulsions, Cocoa, Emulsifier, Phospholipids, Pickering
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Science > School of Biosciences > Division of Food Sciences
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Depositing User: Wolf, Bettina
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2016 11:09
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2016 18:07

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