Impact of microwave processing on nutritional, sensory, and other quality attributes

Contreras-Caceres, Rafael, Benlloch Tinoco, Maria, Rodrigo, D. and Martínez-Navarrete, N. (2016) Impact of microwave processing on nutritional, sensory, and other quality attributes. In: The Microwave Processing of Foods. Elsevier, pp. 65-99. ISBN 9780081005286

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For the last decades, microwave technology has been applied as a unit operation for food drying, thawing, blanching, cooking, or pasteurization. There are many advantages associated to its use, such as shorter treatment times, faster and selective heating, or energy efficiency, which in terms of food preservation usually result in processed food with less pronounced losses of sensory, nutritional, and other quality attributes. Nevertheless, there are still some drawbacks associated with the technology (complexity of the microwave heating phenomena, lack of heating uniformity, heating control devices, etc.) that make it essential to continue the research in this area. In this chapter, the main observations related to microwave technology application as a unit operation for the processing of different food products are discussed. Furthermore, a comparison in terms of food quality between microwave and conventional heating techniques and future trends will also be highlighted.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Functional value, Microwave processing, Nutritive values, Sensory properties
Subjects: D600 Food and Beverage studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2019 16:51
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 20:15

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