Purification of specific structured lipids by distillation: Effects on acyl migration

Xuebing Xu, A. Skands, Jens Adler-Nissen

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    The cause and effects of acyl migration during the purification of specific structured lipids by distillation were studied in a conventional batch deodorizer with stripping steam. The mixture of specific structured lipids produced by lipase-catalyzed acidolysis between rapeseed oil and capric acid contained a large amount of free fatty acids and a small amount of partial acylglycerols besides triacylglycerols. Therefore, the effect of steam, free fatty acids, diacylglycerols, and monoacylglycerols on acyl migration was studied in a palm oil midfraction model. The results showed that all these factors influenced the rate of acyl migration, and their combinations made the effect more severe. However, diacylglycerols were found to be the main reason for acyl migration. In the distillation of the specific structured lipid product mixture, distillation temperature and time were the main factors to determine the degree of acyl migration and the extent of separation of free fatty acids. The results indicate that more efficient separation technology should be used to improve the quality of the purified structured lipids. in order to reduce the distillation temperature, vacuum should be made as low as possible with more effective pumps. To reduce the distillation time, thin-film principle in a packed column should be used, or other more efficient distillation techniques such as molecular distillation or short-path distillation should be exploited.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of the american oil chemists society
    Issue number7
    Pages (from-to)715-718
    Publication statusPublished - 2001


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