Special Issue "Starch in Food Products"
A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2019).
Interests: starch chemistry; structure–function relationship of starch; development of functional starch-based foods; novel utilization of carbohydrate in food products; food applications of modified starches; development of gluten-free food products
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Amongst the biopolymers in nature, starch has received the most attention with respect to its nutritive value and structure–function relations in food and non-food industrial products and applications. Starch and products derived from starch are the major components in food products and could be used to affect the physical properties of many foods. Starch from different sources and genotypes within sources showed substantial diversity in their composition, structure of amylose and amylopectin, and structural arrangement of starch granules, which contribute to different physicochemical properties and thus different functionalities. Understanding the relationship between starch structure and functionalities in food systems is important. Research on the effect of chemical, enzymatic, and physical modifications of native starches has further improved its properties and expanded the spectrum of starch applications in food systems. In addition, various physical processing techniques such as heat, shear, and moisture content highly influence the structure of starch molecules and interactions with other bio-molecules and food additives as well as the sensory and nutritional qualities of final food products. The impact of these interactions on the sensory and nutritional qualities of foods and their safety has been the focus for a number of current research studies. The current research is also geared towards the importance of starch in human nutrition and health. A new challenge for the food industry is to supply consumers with starch-containing foods with improved nutritional quality. The different forms of existence of starch in foods and novel food processing with respect to its digestibility have received tremendous research focus. This Special Issue of Molecules aims to acquire in-depth knowledge about some of the aforementioned research concepts in starch-derived application in food products.
Assoc. Prof. Hyun-Jung Chung
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- Starch functionality
- Starch structure
- Food application of starch
- Novel starch development
- Modified starch
- Grain-based products
- Novel food processing in starch-based foods
- Starch and health