Food and Bioprocess Technology

, Volume 5, Issue 8, pp 3142–3150 | Cite as

Impact of Legume Flours on Quality and In Vitro Digestibility of Starch and Protein from Gluten-Free Cakes

  • Márcia Arocha Gularte
  • Manuel Gómez
  • Cristina M. RosellEmail author
Original Paper


The aim of the study was to investigate the impact of incorporation of different legumes (chickpea, pea, lentil and bean) on quality, chemical composition and in vitro protein and starch digestibility of gluten-free layer cake (rice flour/legume flour, 50:50). The incorporation of legume flours increased the batter viscosity and, with exception of chickpea, resulted in higher specific cake volume than that in control. Chickpea and pea containing cakes had the brightest and the most yellowish crust. The legumes significantly increased the hardness and chewiness in the cakes, except with addition of lentil. Enriched cakes had higher total protein, available proteins, minerals, fat, as well as fiber content with except in the case of chickpeas. Legumes significantly affect the in vitro hydrolysis of starch fractions, decreasing the rapidly digestible starch yielding a reduction in the eGI, except chickpea containing samples. Overall, considering physicochemical properties and nutritional quality, lentil flour incorporation resulting in the best gluten-free cakes.


Gluten-free Cake Legume Quality Nutrition Starch hydrolysis 



The authors acknowledge the financial support of the Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (Project AGL 2008–00092 ALI) and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Márcia Arocha Gularte
    • 1
    • 2
  • Manuel Gómez
    • 3
  • Cristina M. Rosell
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Food Science DepartmentInstitute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA-CSIC)PaternaSpain
  2. 2.Food Science Department (UFPel-DCA)University Federal of PelotasPelotasBrazil
  3. 3.Departamento de Ingeniería Agrícola y Forestal, Tecnología de los Alimentos, E.T.S. Ingenierías AgrariasUniversidad de ValladolidValladolidSpain

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