Food Gels

  • Peter Harris

Part of the Elsevier Applied Food Science Series book series (EAFSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Tetsujiro Matsuhashi
    Pages 1-51
  3. Wilma J. Sime
    Pages 53-78
  4. Norman F. Stanley
    Pages 79-119
  5. P. F. Fox, D. M. Mulvihill
    Pages 121-173
  6. Scott A. Woodward
    Pages 175-199
  7. G. R. Sanderson
    Pages 201-232
  8. F. A. Johnston-Banks
    Pages 233-289
  9. Edwin R. Morris
    Pages 291-359
  10. Graham W. Rodger, Peter Wilding
    Pages 361-400
  11. Claus Rolin, Joop De Vries
    Pages 401-434
  12. R. C. Bottomley, M. T. A. Evans, C. J. Parkinson
    Pages 435-466
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 467-476

About this book


The food technologist who wishes to produce a gelled product is faced with two basic options for achieving the desired effect; whether to use a protein or a polysaccharide. Although a gel can be formed by either a protein or a polysaccharide, the resultant gels have different characteristics: • Polysaccharide gels are characterised by their fine texture and transparency which is achieved at a low polymer concentration. They can be formed by heating and cooling, pH adjustment or specific ion addition . • Protein gels are characterised by a higher polymer concentration (5-10%) and are formed almost exclusively by heat denaturation. Before reaching a final decision, the technologist must take a number of factors into consideration. The purpose of this book is to help the technologist in his choice by providing fundamental practical information, in one book, on the properties of gels (and factors which influence them) for both types of biopolymer. To help the reader, each chapter is (wherever possible) organised in the same way so that, for example, information on structure will always be available in section 2. The examples in the Applications section of each chapter are not meant to be exhaustive, but to illustrate the various ways in which the particular polymer can be used to form a gelled product.


Gelatine biopolymer food heat influence information ion polymer polysaccharide protein structure

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Harris
    • 1
  1. 1.Unilever Research LaboratoryBedfordUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6825-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-0755-3
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