Volume 19, Number 2, Mars-Avril 2012
|Page(s)||83 - 88|
|Section||Dossier : Fonctionnalités des huiles|
|Published online||15 March 2012|
Balancing functional and nutritional quality of oils and fats: Current requirements and future trends
Puratos NV, Industrialaan 25, 1702 Groot-Bijgaarden, Belgium
Oils and fats play an important role in the structure, aroma and stability of a wide variety of food products, as well as in their nutritional properties. For Puratos, a producer of ingredients for bakery, patisserie and chocolate sector, functionality and taste are of utmost importance, but the company also wants to contribute to the balanced diet of consumers. Vegetable oils and fats are used in margarines and releasing agents, vegetable creams, compound chocolate, fillings and emulsifiers. Each application requires an oil or fat with specific physicochemical properties in order to ensure the optimal structure, stability and taste of the end product. Traditionally, (partially) hydrogenated vegetable oils deliver important functional characteristics concerning crystallization behaviour, directly linked with the workability, melting properties, stability and mouth feel of the food product. However, due to negative nutritional implications, trans fats are to be replaced by healthier alternatives, preferably not by saturated fats. Consumers – and in some regions, legal instances – demand transfree or hydro-free products while not compromising on taste. Alternative fats and oils will be discussed concerning their functional and nutritional properties.
Key words: Oils & fats / nutrition / health / functionality / hydrogenated fat / saturated fat
© John Libbey Eurotext 2012
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