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Extraction and characterization of pectic polysaccharides from easy- and hard-to-cook common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris)

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The occurrence of the hard-to-cook (HTC) defect in legumes is characterized by the inability of cotyledons to soften during the cooking process. This phenomenon may be influenced by pectin properties. The objective of this study was to characterize the pectic polysaccharides comprised in the alcohol insoluble residue (AIR) extracted from easy-to-cook (Rose coco) and hard-to-cook (Pinto) common beans. This would provide an insight in the relationship between the pectin properties and HTC defect. The AIR was extracted from raw, half-cooked hard, half-cooked soft and fully-cooked bean samples. Subsequently, it was fractionated into water-, chelator- and Na2CO3-soluble pectin fractions and a hemicellulose fraction. For the AIR and the pectin fractions, determination of the galacturonic acid content, neutral sugars, degree of methylesterfication (DM), degree of acetylation (DAc) and molar mass (MM) distribution was performed. Results on the pectin fractions, MM distribution and pectin content profile, revealed that Rose coco pectin generally showed higher pectin solubility than Pinto. Neutral sugar profiles indicated that Pinto contained higher amounts of branched pectin (i.e. arabinans) than Rose coco. There was no difference between the DM of Pinto and Rose coco, however, the DAc was higher in Rose coco. In conclusion, the differences in pectin structure and solubility properties between easy- and hard-to-cook common beans might contribute to the differences in their cooking behavior.
Journal: Food Research International
ISSN: 0963-9969
Volume: 64
Pages: 314 - 322
Publication year:2014