Chia (Salvia hispanica L.) a Promising Alternative for Conventional and Gelled Emulsions: Technological and Lipid Structural Characteristics.


Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Alimentos y Nutrición (ICTAN-CSIC), José Antonio Novais 10, 28040 Madrid, Spain. [Email]


Chia (Salvia hispanica L.) is an oilseed plant which contains proteins of high biological value and other healthy components with interesting technological properties. For these reasons, chia could be a promising option for the formation and stabilization of oil-in-water emulsions. The aim of this study is to evaluate the potential of chia protein (from chia flour) in the formation of emulsions. To that end, composition and technological and structural properties determined by infrared spectroscopy were investigated in conventional (EC) and gelled (EGC) emulsions with chia and compared with their corresponding soy protein emulsions with the same protein content [conventional (ES) or gelled (EGS)] used as reference. All emulsions containing chia had better fat and water binding properties than those elaborated with soy protein isolate (SPI). The color of the emulsions varied significantly depending on whether the emulsions were made with chia or SPI. EGS and EGC exhibited the greatest (p < 0.05) penetration force values, being EGC the firmest (p < 0.05). Depending on the type of emulsion, Attenuated Total Reflectance (ATR)-FTIR Spectroscopy revealed differences in their lipid structure and interaction in terms of lipid acyl chain mobility (order/disorder) and emulsion droplet size. These structural characteristics could be related to the textural behavior of emulsions.


chia protein,conventional emulsion,emulsion gel,lipid structure,technological properties,