Gum tragacanth dispersions: Particle size and rheological properties affected by high-shear homogenizationOriginal

Mina Farzi, Mohammad Saeed Yarmand, Mohammad Safari, Zahra Emam-Djomeh, Mohammad Amin Mohammadifar

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The effect of high-shear homogenization on the rheological and particle size characteristics of three species of gum tragacanth (GT) was detected. Dispersions were subjected to 0–20 min treatment. Static light scattering techniques and rheological tests were used to study the effect of treatment. The results showed that the process caused a decrease in particle size parameters for all three species, but inter-estingly, the apparent viscosities increased. The highest increase of apparent viscosity was found for solutions containing Astragalus gossypinus, which possessed the highest insoluble fraction. The viscoelastic behaviors of dispersions were also significantly influenced by the process. Homogenization caused an increase in both G' and G'', in all three species. The alterations seem to be highly dependent on GT species and structure. The results could be of high importance in the industry, since the process will lead to textural modifications of food products containing GT. © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Pages (from-to)433–439
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Astragalus gum exudate
  • Homogenization
  • Rheology

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