With higher food quality in increasing demand by consumers, there is continuous pressure on food engineers to meet market needs. One of the critical challenges is to use modern technology and knowledge to develop new processes for improving food quality. Given the global food marketplace, there is also a greater need for a means of objectively classifying and differentiating foods. Physical properties, determined by measurable physical parameters, profoundly affect food quality and can be used for these determinations. Physical Properties of Foods: Novel Measurement Techniques and Applications presents a wide range of these practical, low-cost techniques to characterize physical properties without destroying the food.
The book presents principles and measurement techniques, highlighting the latest methods and their ability to replace the traditional costly, time-consuming ones. It also covers the application of the measurements to classify and differentiate various foods, including fruits, vegetables, cereals, and dairy and meat products. The text gathers up-to-date procedures for determining the most important physical parameters that characterize food quality, many of which have not previously been sufficiently described in the literature, and delivers them in one useful volume. It includes methods based on a variety of technologies such as electronics, spectroscopy, mechanics, and acoustic response—which can be applied to a wide range of foods.
With a focus on practical application of novel techniques, chapters specify method details, the type of food to which it has been applied, the accuracy, its ability to replace traditional techniques, as well as whether it can be installed on line. Written by internationally renowned engineers and scientists, this reference offers crucial information in an easily accessible format for engineers, researchers, and those in the food industry—all who will benefit from the cutting-edge practices described for measuring parameters that affect food quality and food characterization. The text is also an excellent resource for students and university researchers.
Table of Contents
Basics of Electronic, Nondestructive Technologies for the Assessment of Physical Characteristics of Foods, Abelardo Gutierrez, José Blasco, and Enrique Moltó
Rheological Properties of Foods, Ana Cristina Agulheiro Santos and Cristina Roseiro
Textural Properties of Foods, J. Ignacio Arana
Optical Properties of Foods, Begoña Hernández Salueña and Carlos Sáenz Gamasa
Electrical Properties of Foods, Satyanarayan R. S. Dev and G. S. Vijaya Raghavan
Thermodynamic Properties of Agricultural Products Processes, Paulo Cesar Corrêa, Gabriel Henrique Horta de Oliveira, and Emílio de Souza Santos
Flow Properties of Foods, Paulo Cesar Corrêa, Emílio de Souza Santos, and Pedro Casanova
The Acoustic Properties Applied to the Determination of Internal Quality Parameters in Fruits and Vegetables, Belén Diezma and Margarita Ruiz-Altisent
Medical Diagnostic Theory Applied to Food Technology, Alejandro Arana and J. Ignacio Arana
Mechanical Damage of Foods, Silvia Arazuri
Measurement of Physical Properties of Fruits Using Image Analysis, José Blasco, Nuria Aleixos, Abelardo Gutierrez, and Enrique Moltó
Novel Measurement Techniques of Physical Properties of Vegetables, J. Ignacio Arana
Physical Properties of Cereal Products: Measurement Techniques and Applications, Iñigo Arozarena, Asunción Iguaz, Maria José Noriega,Gloria Bobo, and Paloma Vírseda
Physical Properties of Meat and Meat Products: Measurement Techniques and Application, Kizkitza Insausti, Maria José Beriain, and Maria Victoria Sarriés
Physical Properties of Dairy Products, Lourdes Sánchez and Maria Dolores Pérez
"Aside from food engineers and scientists benefitting from the information in this book, nutritionists and clean-food advocates will benefit from the data presented. It will give them a better understanding of diagnostic testing and measurements, as well as quality of food products presented to consumers."