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J Agric Food Chem. 1999 Oct;47(10):4060-3.

Modification of structure and digestibility of chestnut starch upon cooking: a solid state (13)C CP MAS NMR and enzymatic degradation study.

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National Institute of Nutrition, Rome, Italy.


The modification of starch, which is the major component of the polysaccharide fraction of chestnuts (Castanea sativa), has been studied from the point of view of structure and digestibility to understand the modifications induced by cooking and, specifically, by the Maillard reaction. The study was carried out by enzymatic degradation kinetics, monitoring the glucose released upon time, and by solid state (13)C CP MAS NMR, which has the potential of monitoring the solid state phase changes occurring upon chemical modification due to the cooking process. Results obtained reveal that large changes are induced in the macromolecular structure of starchy materials and that these changes are correlated with changes of digestibility in terms of enzymatic degradation resistance. In the system studied, the extension of the Maillard reaction is not such as to exert a significant influence on structure and/or digestibility of chestnut starch.

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