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Rapeseed Oil in New Application: Assessment of Structure of Oleogels Based on their Physicochemical Properties and Microscopic Observations

Institute of Food Sciences, Faculty of Food Assessment and Technology, Warsaw University of Life Sciences (WULS-SGGW), Nowoursynowska st. 159c, 02-776 Warsaw, Poland
Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Commodity Science, Kazimierz Pulaski University of Technology and Humanities, Chrobrego st. 27, 26-600 Radom, Poland
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Agriculture 2020, 10(6), 211;
Received: 7 May 2020 / Revised: 3 June 2020 / Accepted: 5 June 2020 / Published: 8 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Agricultural Product Quality and Safety)
The aim of the study was to analyze the effect of the type of gelling substance on the selected physicochemical properties of oleogels. Rapeseed oil (RO) and 5% w/w of one of the following structuring compounds (SC) were used for their production waxes: sunflower (SUN), candelilla (CAN), bees white (BW), bees yellow (BY), or monoacylglycerols (MAG). The ability of SC to form a network in RO was assessed on the basis of an analysis of the texture of oleogels (hardness and spreadability test, stability determined by the centrifugal method). Oxidative stability was determined using the Rancimat test. In addition, the microstructure of an oleogel samples was observed at a magnification of 600 times in polarized light and in a bright field. Differences in the brightness and color of the samples were also assessed using the CIELab reflection method. The highest hardness (5.52 N) and physical stability (99.67%) were found in oleogel with candelilla wax. A higher value of the force causing deformation of the sample indicates a denser network of oil gel, which was confirmed by the microscopic images analyzed in the work. The organogel with CAN had the shortest (on average 8.49 nm) and the most regularly distributed crystals compared to other samples. The lowest values of organogel strength and spreadability test parameters (e.g., firmness, work of shear, stickness, work of adhesion), which were respectively 0.73 N, 4.39 N, and 9.74 N mm, while −4.87 N and −2.68 N mm were obtained with the variant, which was yellow beeswax. Considering the texture results obtained and the centrifugal stability, it was found that organogels with yellow beeswax were characterized by the worst structuring of rapeseed oil. Sunflower wax was considered the best among the analyzed gelling agents (under the conditions of the experiment). The organogel with its 5% w/w share was distinguished by the closest to the white color and texture most reminiscent of cream. In addition, it had the highest work of shear value and the longest induction time (6.8 h) in the Rancimat test. View Full-Text
Keywords: rapeseed oil; gelling agents; oleogelation; oleogel; waxes rapeseed oil; gelling agents; oleogelation; oleogel; waxes
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Kupiec, M.; Zbikowska, A.; Marciniak-Lukasiak, K.; Kowalska, M. Rapeseed Oil in New Application: Assessment of Structure of Oleogels Based on their Physicochemical Properties and Microscopic Observations. Agriculture 2020, 10, 211.

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