High- and low-methoxyl pectins were treated with pectin methylesterase (PME) and the functional properties of the resulting pectin gels were characterized. The degree of esterification of high- and low-methoxyl pectins decreased from 74.5% to 6.3% and 40.0% to 6.5%, respectively while not changing their molecular weight. Also, the addition of glucono-delta-lactone (GDL) dramatically affected the gel strength and the pH reduction by the GDL led to the increased syneresis of the pectin gels, which was also observed in the PME-treated samples. When flavor compounds were incorporated into the pectin gels, the flavor release from the gels increased with decreasing the degree of esterification due to increased hydrophilic properties.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||International Journal of Biological Macromolecules|
|State||Published - 1 Oct 2009|
- Degree of esterification (DE)
- Pectin methylesterase (PME)