The fortification of encapsulated soy isoflavones and texture modification of soy milk by α-lactalbumin nanotubes
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Nanocarriers can improve the dispersibility of hydrophobic bioactive compounds and potentially improve the texture of liquid food formulations. Here, nanotubes (NTs) with a high aspect ratio formed by self-assembly of peptides partially hydrolyzed from α-lactalbumin (α-lac) were used to deliver soy isoflavones (IFs) and modify soy milk texture. IFs encapsulated by nanotube (NT/IFs) via hydrophobic interactions, which had improved dispersibility, with a maximum loading efficiency of 4%. The rheological characterization showed that the nanotubes enhanced the viscoelastic property and long term-stability of soy milk. About 80% of the NT/IFs in soy milk survived simulated in in vitro gastric digestion promoting the release of IFs in the intestinal phase. Overall, this work demonstrated that α-lac nanotubes may be a multi-functional carrier system for hydrophobic compounds providing beneficial changes to functional food texture. Show more
Journal / seriesFood Chemistry
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SubjectNanocarriers; Soy isoflavones; α-Lactalbumin nanotubes; Encapsulation; Stability; Texture modification
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