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Food Chem ; 299: 125122, 2019 Nov 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31288165


To ease the mass exchange in fruit tissues, cutting and blanching are traditionally performed. However, recently, unconventional methods such as sonication are becoming more popular, which cause several alterations of physical and chemical properties as well as microstructure changes. The aim of this work was to evaluate the distribution of water inside the cranberry fruits, microstructural changes and sugars content, following traditional and sonication pre-treatments in osmotic solutions. TD-NMR spectroscopy was used to measure the transverse relaxation time (T2) and intensity of proton pools in different cellular compartments. The microstructure of the samples was evaluated by SEM microscopy, sugars content by HPLC and sucrose melting temperature and enthalpy by DSC. Different pre-treatments appeared to promote microstructure alterations and loss of water from vacuole and cytoplasm/extracellular space, more pronounced in cut and blanched samples. Cutting and blanching followed by osmotic dehydration with assisted sonication eased sucrose penetration into the tissue.

Conservação de Alimentos/métodos , Frutas/química , Açúcares/análise , Vaccinium macrocarpon/química , Água/metabolismo , Varredura Diferencial de Calorimetria , Dessecação , Frutas/ultraestrutura , Espectroscopia de Ressonância Magnética , Microscopia Eletrônica de Varredura , Osmose , Sonicação , Sacarose/análise , Temperatura , Vaccinium macrocarpon/ultraestrutura