Nutritech - Rethinking the Food Chain

NEW MASTER’S THESIS studies the effects of bioprocessing on nutritional and textural value of faba bean flour

18.11.2015 15:00

Faba bean (Vicia Faba L.) is a nutritious high protein crop. However, its use has limited due to presence of anti-nutritional factors, including phytic acid, bitter taste and poor technological functionality. Phytic acid is the major storage of phosphorus in cereals and legumes lowering the bioavailability of proteins and micronutrients. The aim of the master's thesis of Ms Karsma was to study the impacts of bioprocessing with enzymes and lactic acid bacteria on both nutritional and textural value of faba bean flour. Food-grade phytase was applied for degradation of phytic acid in faba bean matrix. Fermentation technology with lactic acid bacteria was studied in aim to improve both technological and nutritional quality of faba bean. The specific objective studied with the aim of improving the technological properties of faba bean matrix with in situ exopolysaccharide, dextran production. The final step was to study the functionality of bioprocessed faba bean ingredients in extrusion.

Bioprocessing modified the nutritional value and texture of faba bean flour. Phytase treatment reduced phytic acid over 80 % improving also mineral and amino acid profile of faba bean. Faba bean flour was an excellent material for in situ dextran production. With W. confusa, 6.5 % dextran yield was achieved. Fermentation reduced the flatulence causing oligosaccharides and improved the amino acid and mineral composition. Bioprocessed faba bean flour showed moderate improvement on mechanical properties of extrudates. Maillard reactions caused challenge in extrusions with protein-rich material, especially in fermented samples with in situ produced dextran. However, fermentation with L. plantarum gave 55 % increase in crispiness index and reduced hardness 45 % at addition level of 25 %.

Download Karsma's Master's thesis:
Karsma 2015_Bioprocessing with enzymes and lactic acid bacteria for production of new functionalfaba bean ingredients

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