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Effect of alginate molecular weight and M/G ratio in beads properties foreseeing the protection of probiotics

  • Food Hydrocolloids, (In Press), 2018

Publisher: Elsevier

Abstract

Probiotics are live microorganisms that when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit to the host. However, to accomplish this positive influence on Human health, probiotics should survive to the passage through the upper digestive tract in large numbers to unsure a desired beneficial effect in the host. Several encapsulation methods have been used to protect probiotics. Alginate is the most used biopolymer in the production of these systems, although its performance is totally dependent of its structure and chemical characteristics. In this work, alginates with different molec ...

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