Alginate and pectin-based particles coated with globular proteins: Production, characterization and anti-oxidative properties

Fernando Tello, Reyna Nallely Falfan-Cortés, Fernando Martinez-Bustos, Vanessa Martins da Silva, Miriam Dupas Hubinger, Carlos Grosso

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The aim of this work was to produce and characterize particles obtained by ionic gelation with pectin or alginate and coated with egg white proteins, whey protein or a mixture of both; the ability of these particles to protect a model oil against lipid oxidation was also assessed. The zeta potentials of the protein solutions, the polysaccharide-oil emulsions and the particles were measured. The encapsulation efficiency, calcium content, size, solids, morphology and adsorbed protein of the particles were determined. High encapsulation efficiencies (91.70 and 95.50%) and average particle sizes (140 and 215μm) for alginate and pectin particles, respectively, were obtained. Lower amounts of calcium were observed for particles of pectin (1.44μmolCa/mg of particle) than for particles of alginate (2.48μmolCa/mg of particle). After cross linking with calcium, the zeta potential of the particles was significantly lower than the zeta potential of their respective emulsions. More concentrated protein solutions resulted in increased amounts of adsorbed protein. The coated particles produced with alginate increased in size, whereas the coated particles produced with pectin decreased in size. The particles coated with protein were better able to protect the encapsulated oil against lipid oxidation than the uncoated particles. The highest protective capacity was observed for the particles made with pectin and coated with egg white proteins.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)670-678
Number of pages9
JournalFood Hydrocolloids
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Ionic gelation
  • Lipid oxidation
  • Ovalbumin
  • Polysaccharides
  • Protein adsorption
  • Whey protein


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