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Assessment of selected cooking characteristics of prime starch and food grade fibre isolated from cassava (Manihot esculenta) pulp

B Daramola, OO Makanju

Abstract


Ease of separation of dietary fibre components of cassava pulp relative to other tropical root crops was the motivation for this study. Food grade fibres were isolated from cassava pulp using simple technique that consist essentially solvent mixture-separation procedure. Assessment of selected
cooking proprieties namely paste formation and swelling capacity of the fibre isolates in comparison to the prime starch showed that isolated fibres exhibited variable cooking properties that are collectively independent of fibre size as determined by sieve mesh clearance, contrast to the cooking property of the prime starch. The fibres may find usefulness as  carbohydrate food ingredients.



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