Effects of microwave heating on native and resistant starches

M. Hódsági, É Jámbor, E. Juhász, S. Gergely, T. Gelencsér, A. Salgó

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Resistant starches (RSs) are broadly investigated as appropriate additives in starch-based products due to their well-known and proved health benefits. However, it was shown in previous studies that these starches are sensitive of the different heat treatments used in the food processing, which can cause changes, especially in the resistance. There is an increasing trend to use microwave (MW) energy in food processing; therefore, our aim was to investigate the changes of RSs compared to native starches caused by MW heating. Maize, wheat, RS2 and RS4 starches were MW-treated according to a 2×2 experimental design (300 and 600 W of power, 30 and 150 s of time). The changes of in vitro digestibility, rheological properties (rapid visco analyser, RVA) and near infrared (NIR) spectroscopic characteristic were studied. Two spectrophotometers were applied (dispersive and Fourier-transform (FT)) to compare their sensitivity in the analysis of the MW-treated starches. Results showed that the digestibility of starches did not show any tendencies when increasing the microwave energy of treatments, the characteristics of the kinetic curves remained unchanged. The RVA analysis showed that the RSs did not gelatinize after the heat-treatments. The MW heating weakened the rheological properties of all starches. The NIR analysis was the most sensitive device for the detection of the effects of MW treatments. The analysis of the most characteristic carbohydrate regions (2080-2130 and 2270-2290 nm) highlighted structural alterations of the starches; moreover, the dispersive spectrophotometer was found to be more sensitive in the analysis of starches than the FT-one.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-247
Number of pages15
JournalActa Alimentaria
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2012



  • FT-NIR
  • RVA
  • digestibility
  • dispersive NIR
  • microwave heating
  • resistant starch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science

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Hódsági, M., Jámbor, É., Juhász, E., Gergely, S., Gelencsér, T., & Salgó, A. (2012). Effects of microwave heating on native and resistant starches. Acta Alimentaria, 41(2), 233-247. https://doi.org/10.1556/AAlim.41.2012.2.10