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Food Science and Technology

Print version ISSN 0101-2061On-line version ISSN 1678-457X

Food Sci. Technol (Campinas) vol.35 no.3 Campinas July/Sept. 2015  Epub Sep 15, 2015 

Research Paper

Influence of heat treatment on the sensory and physical characteristics and carbohydrate fractions of french-fried potatoes (Solanum tuberosum L.)

Natalia Carvalho Montenegro de VASCONCELOS 1   * 

Silvana Magalhães SALGADO 1  

Alda Verônica Souza LIVERA 1  

Samara Alvachian Cardoso de ANDRADE 2  

Michelle Galindo de OLIVEIRA 3  

Tânia Lucia Montenegro STAMFORD 1  

1Departamento de Nutrição, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco - UFPE, Recife, PE, Brazil

2Departamento de Engenharia Química, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco - UFPE, Recife, PE, Brazil

3Departamento de Nutrição, Centro Acadêmico de Vitória, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco – UFPE, Vitória de Santo Antão, PE, Brazil


The aim of this study was to analyze the impact that heat treatment with salts and freezing processes on the sensory, instrumental, and physico-chemical characteristics of fried potatoes of the Monalisa cultivar. The potatoes were blanched in distilled water (P); sodium chloride solution (B1); calcium chloride solution (B2), and a solution with both of these salts (B3). They were then pre-cooked and frozen for 24 hours and for 30 days. After frying, sensory characteristics were analyzed (color, texture, flavor, oiliness), along with overall preference and instrumental determinations of texture, color, and oil content. Further tests were conducted on the sample with the best results in the sensory analysis (B1), along with sample P as a control, to determine granule microstructure, carbohydrate fractions, glycemic index, and glycemic load. Blanching B3, despite reducing oil absorption and providing less oiliness, obtained lesser overall preference. Freezing for 30 days increased the lightness, except for when sodium chloride was used, which intensified the color yellow. The use of sodium chloride did not interfere with the type of starch granules, nor with the formation of resistant starch; however, longer freezing time reduced the glycemic index and concentrated the dietary fiber content. All samples exhibited low glycemic index and moderate glycemic loads.

Keywords:  blanching; sodium chloride; calcium chloride; texture; glycemic index; freezing

1 Introduction

Carbohydrates are the most important energy source in the human diet, and can be found in abundance in tubers such as potatoes (Solanum tuberosuml.), a starch source that is widely consumed around the world (Pereira et al., 2005). Their granules comprise amylose and amylopectin molecules, which are internally organized to ensure the exhibition of properties such as type B semi-crystallinity and granting greater resistance to enzymatic digestion (Lee et al., 2011).

Among the methods of preparing this tuber, french-fried potatoes are highly appreciated by the population due to the pleasant sensory characteristics that they acquire during dry heat processing. This food has a high glycemic index (GI), which can reach 107 and is related to the high percentage (65–85% of dry weight) and bioavailability of starch, which can vary according to the cultivar and the processes used (Foster-Powell et al., 2002; Food and Agriculture Organization, 1998; Goñi et al., 2002; Sidney University Glycemic Index Research Service, 2011). Furthermore, there are benefits tied to the consumption of this food, and evidence that when it is properly prepared, it is a vehicle for essential fatty acids and reduces the formation of trans fatty acids, and absorbs little fat from frying (Sanibal & Mancini, 2004).

Existing processes in the food industry, such as blanching, are being improved, which in addition to its previously known functions has demonstrated the ability to modify the rheological properties of starch. Operations such as blanching and freezing are able to modify the internal structural arrangement of amylose and amylopectin by cooking in water, which promotes gelatinization, and the subsequent downgrading during cooling and freezing. This helps in extending the benefits of ingesting this type of carbohydrate and reducing its negative impact on the consumer's diet and health.

The use of salts during blanching is a process that modifies the sensory characteristics (Bunger et al., 2003), improving color, increasing external crispness and internal softness, adding flavor, and reducing oil content, along with possible changes in the structure of the starch granule due to the interaction of salts such as sodium and calcium chloride with the internal components and allowing them to be better utilized. Freezing, besides being used to increase the shelf life of foods, can alter the bioavailability of carbohydrates, as scientific reports show that this favors the formation of the indigestible starch fraction, resistant starch (RS), which is associated with benefits to intestinal flora and likely related to the reduction in glycemic response (Bunger et al., 2003; Rimac-Brnčić et al., 2004; Pedreschi et al., 2007).

Considering the high intake of this food and the FAO/WHO (Food and Agriculture Organization, 1998) recommendation favoring foods with a low-to-moderate glycemic index for health benefits, blanching with added salts along with freezing presents a technological alternative for modifying the bioavailability of the starch, thereby helping to build knowledge and give french-fried potatoes a place in this food trend. Considering this scenario, we studied the conditions for processing pre-fried frozen potatoes in order to determine their influence on physical parameters, sensory attributes, and the carbohydrate fractions of this food.

2 Methods

2.1 Acquisition of raw materials and preparation of samples

Potatoes (Solanum tuberosum l., Monalisa cultivar) were acquired in the Pernambuco State Supply Center (CEASA) in the city of Recife. They were cleaned in running water and sanitized in a 100 ppm chlorine solution for 15 min. Next, they were peeled, cut into 10 mm × 10 mm × 90 mm strips, and washed in running water to remove excess surface starch. They were then blanched in salt solutions at 85 °C for 5 min, as outlined by Bunger et al. (2003) and Rimac-Brnčić et al. (2004), and adapted for this study as follows: standard (P), using distilled water; B1, 3% NaCl solution; B2, 3% CaCl2 solution; B3, 3% CaCl2 + 3% NaCl solution.

After blanching, the samples were cooled in a 5 °C ice bath for 2 min, drained, and dried with paper towels. The blanched potato strips were pre-cooked in ratio oil/potato used (6:1) at 180 °C for 1.5 min in an aluminum pot, in proportions of 100 g sample. Oil temperature was monitored using an infrared thermometer (Vendruscolo & Zorzella, 2002).

Excess surface oil was removed with 4 sheets of paper towel, and the blanched and pre-cooked potato strips were stored in lidded plastic containers and frozen in the freezer at −18 °C for 24 hours and 30 days. After the freezing periods, they were deep fried by immersing in soybean oil at 180 °C for 4 min in the same proportions and placed on paper towels to drain.

2.2 Microbiological analysis

After freezing, evaluations were performed to establish the feasibility of analysis, according to Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency Resolution no. 12 (Brasil, 2001), which established parameters as follows: coliforms at 45 °C/g (AOAC 966.24), coagulase-positive staphylococcus/g (AOAC 975.55), and Salmonella sp/25 g (AOAC 967.26) (Association of Official Analytical Chemists, 2002).

2.3 Sensory analysis

Thirty volunteers were recruited, including staff and students at UFPE. Of these, depending on availability, 23 tasters were selected, untrained, invited to voluntarily participate and authorizing participation in the study and dissemination of the data by signing the informed consent form (Process: 940.907, CAAE: 11324412.0.0000.5208).

The samples were coded with three-digit and served on a plastic tray with a glass of water. The standard sample was always the first in the order of presentation, then the treatments at varying order. The samples were evaluated immediately after frying in individual booths at room temperature, at the Dietary Technique Laboratory of UFPE.

Was executed multiple comparison test NBR 13526 (Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas, 1995) in order to evaluate the differences in the experimental samples (B1, NaCl solution 3%; B2 CaCl2 solution 3%; B3 CaCl2 solution 3% + 3% NaCl) with respect to standard sample (P, in distilled water) for color, flavor, texture and oiliness. After the multiple comparison test was applied to one affective tasters preferred category test, in order to position in descending order experimental samples according to the overall preference (Internacional Standard Organization, 2006).

2.4 Instrumental color analysis

We used the CIELAB (L*, a*, and b*) scale with a colorimeter (CR-400, Konica Minolta Sensing, Japan) using a D65 illuminant, measuring the ends and the center of the fried potato strips (International Comission on Ilumination, 2004).

2.5 Instrumental texture analysis

Texture was analyzed using a CT3 texturometer (Brookfield, Middleboro, MA, United States of America) with a 25 kg load cell. The fried potato strips were placed on a rectangular base (TA-BT-KIT), where the penetration test was performed using a TA39 cylindrical tip test probe (2 mm × 20 mm). The strips were perforated to a depth of 4.0 mm at a crosshead speed of 1.5 mm/s at five points on the same side of the potato strip according to the methodology of Pardo et al. (2000). The measurements were performed immediately in triplicates after frying, and the load was expressed in grams-force (gf).

2.6 Oil

Oil content were determined by hot extraction via the Soxhlet method (AOAC 963.15), using diethyl ether as a solvent (Association of Official Analytical Chemists, 2002).

2.7 Selection of treatment

After the sensory analysis was completed, the treatment with the most satisfactory results for the multiple comparison test attributes, along with the highest overall preference, was selected for further analysis (Scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Carbohydrate fractions, glycemic index, and glycemic load). The standard sample that was blanched in distilled water (P) was also analyzed as a control to verify the effect of the salts used.

2.8 Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)

The isolated starch from the fried potatoes (Rocha et al., 2008) was mounted on the stubs with double sticky carbon tape and coated with a thin film of gold under vacuum. We used a FEI Quanta 200 F (United States of America) field emission gun scanning electron microscope at an accelerating potential of 20 kV in high vacuum mode, and recorded images with magnifications of up to 1200×.

2.9 X-ray diffraction

The isolated starch was analyzed in a D8-Advance diffractometer (Bruker, Germany) operating at 40 kV and 40 mA and producing Cu Kα radiation, scanning through the 2θ range of 4–30° and at a 1s step time. The diffraction patterns obtained were compared to the Joint Committee on Powder Diffraction Standards (JCPDS) stanldard for potato starch, from the International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD). We also determined the percentage of crystallinity and amorphous fraction of the samples and analyzed them using DIFFRAC.EVA V3.0 software (Bruker, Germany).

2.10 Carbohydrate fractions, glycemic index, and glycemic load

Resistant starch (RS) was quantified using the enzymatic gravimetric method (AOAC 2002.02). The level of dietary fiber (DF) was also determined using the enzymatic gravimetric method (AOAC 991.43) (Association of Official Analytical Chemists, 2002).

The in vitro glycemic index (GI) of the samples was determined using Goñi's method (Goñi et al., 2010) with the glucose oxidase peroxidase (GOPOD) kit. The glycemic load (GL) was also determined (Salmerón et al., 1997).

2.11 Statistical analysis

For multiple comparison and preference ranking sensory tests, we used statistical methods by Dunnett and Newell & MacFarlane, respectively. Data was processed using variance analysis, along with Duncan's means comparison test, all at a 5% significance level, using Statistica 6.0 for Windows (Statasoft, Pacific Pty Ltd, Victoria, Australia).

3 Results and discussion

Microbiological analysis of the samples allowed carry safely sensory tests of implementing sensory analysis, because they met the quality standard established in Brazilian Resolution no. 12 standard (Brasil, 2001), demonstrating that the pasteurization caused by blanching in hot water was efficient (Oner & Walker, 2011).

Studies show that the texture of french fries is the most important attribute for preference, and that this is directly related to specific gravity, total solid content, starch content, cell size, surface area, and pectin content (Troncoso et al., 2009). Of the blanching results, B1 frozen for 30 days obtained the best sensory result with respect to the texture attribute (Table 1). Samples B2 and B3 for both freezing periods yielded a texture that was inferior to the control and less-preferred (Table 1).

Table 1 Sensory evaluation of french-fried potatoes subjected to thermal treatments. 

Sensory Analysis
Multiple comparison test
Attributes Freezing P B1 B2 B3
Texture 24 h 5a 5.61a 2.74b 3.91b
30 d 5a 6.26b 3.65b 3.96b
Color 24 h 5a 5.87b 3.91b 4.13b
30 d 5a 5.96b 3.91b 4.74a
Flavor 24 h 5a 6.13b 2.91b 3.74b
30 d 5a 6.0b 4.09b 4.22b
Oiliness 24 h 5a 4.87a 5.3a 5.87b
30 d 5a 5.78b 5.09a 5.48a
Preference ranking test
Freezing B1 B2 B3
24 h 34b 58a 46ab
30 d 27b 59a 51a

Blanching: P (distilled water); B1 (NaCl 3%); B2 (CaCl2 3%); and B3 (NaCl 3% + CaCl2 3%). Freezing times: 24 h (24 hours) and 30 d (30 days). In the multiple comparison test, multiple non-control letters differed significantly (statistically) for each treatment from the 5% significance level in Dunnett's test, and in the ranking by preference test at the 5% significance level for the Newell and Mc Farlane test.

Overall preference showed that regardless of freezing time, blanching with B1 was generally the most preferred by the tasters with the lowest score (61). In particular, treatment with B1 frozen for 30 days was the most preferred method and the one that most significantly differed from other treatments (Table 1).

As for instrumental texture, it was observed that the highest average force applied in the penetration test (220 gf) was for treatment with B3 frozen for 24 h (Figure 1). However, the sensory data consider this treatment “below standard,” indicating that the greater the force needed to pierce the surface of the potato, the greater the rigidity of the tissue and the less crispy the fried potatoes. This result is justified, because during the blanching, pectin methyl esterase is activated and hydrolyzes the pectin methyl ester linkages, which in turn reacts with the calcium in the solution, increasing the firmness of the tissue (Zvitov-Ya’ari & Nussinovitch, 2014).

Figure 1 (A) Evaluation of the instrumental texture of fried potatoes subjected to blanching treatment with B3 (NaCl 3% + CaCl2 3%) frozen for 24 h. (B) Assessment of the instrumental texture of fried potatoes subjected to blanching treatment with B3 (NaCl 3% + CaCl2 3%) frozen for 24 h. 

Regarding instrumental texture, the lowest average force applied (81 gf) was observed in the french fries subjected to blanching treatment with B1 frozen for 24 h (Figure 1B). This result corroborates with Figure 1B, which shows that the texture of this sample was deemed as “Slightly better than the standard.”

The sensory evaluation of the color attribute highlights treatment with B1 as “Slightly better than the standard” regardless of the freezing time (Table 1). The color is affected by the type of blanching treatment used; Pedreschi et al. (2009) observed that a 3% NaCl solution reduces non-enzymatic browning by leaching the reducing sugars and reducing the acrylamide content. According to the observations from the sensory analysis participants, the color of the french fries varied as follows: NaCl produced a more golden color, while the control samples were more brownish, and CaCl2 produced a paler but uniform coloration.

Table 2 shows the values ​​for lightness (L*) and chroma (a* and b*), where we can observe that freezing for 30 days provided increased lightness to the processed potatoes compared to freezing for 24 h, except for the sample blanched with NaCl (B1), which did not differ significantly. This sample was judged sensorially as “slightly better than the standard” showing a significant reduction in green sample (a*) from −6.2 to −1.79, resulting in a more yellow sample (b*) from 25.45 to 30.37. These color changes were not observed in the other blanching treatments and freezing times (Table 2). Greater lightness in the samples can be attributed to the blanching effect (P) and the greater potential of the calcium ion (B2 and B3) (Table 2) to reduce non-enzymatic browning through its interaction with asparagine, suppressing the initial stage of the Maillard reaction (Kolek et al., 2006; Gokmen & Senyuva, 2007).

Table 2 Instrumental color of processed potatoes. 

Sample L* a* b*
Freezing for 24 h
P 74.91 ± 3.38 B −4.52 ± 1.20 A 25.31 ± 3.95 A
B1 73.57 ± 2.79 A −6.2 ± 0.87 A 25.45 ± 3.50 B
B2 77.58 ± 1.74 B −5.50 ± 0.57 A 24.94 ± 2.09 A
B3 77.47 ± 3.97 B −4.78 ± 0.82 A 23.66 ± 1.68 A
Freezing for 30 d
P 81.54 ± 5.26 A −4.19 ± 0.96 A 25.34 ± 4.49 A
B1 76.53 ± 3.46 A −1.79 ± 1.17 B 30.37 ± 3.27 A
B2 84.84 ± 3.02 A −5.65 ± 0.57 A 21.21 ± 3.70 A
B3 86.60 ± 2.80 A −6.0 ± 0.60 A 23.06 ± 1.95 A

Blanching treatments: P (distilled water); B1 (NaCl 3%); B2 (CaCl2 3%); and B3 (NaCl 3% + CaCl2 3%). ABC Equal vertical letters in different freezing times and the same sample do not differ significantly at the 5% significance level using Student's t-test.

After frying, the potatoes were sorted on the basis of quality in accordance with L* parameter values by Coleman (2004): unacceptable (L* < 55), acceptable (L* ≥ 55 and ≤70), and high quality (L* > 70). All the potatoes processed in this study were considered as “high quality” according to this classification.

The blanching treatment that contributed to better flavor was B1, regardless of freezing time (Table 1). This is justified by the fact that sodium is related to the population's eating habits. As for the flavor attribute, blanching treatments using CaCl2 (B2 and B3) were less preferred, because the sensory panel reported that they left a bitter flavor (Table 1). Luna-Guzmán & Barret (2000) and Batista & Borges (2013) also found CaCl2 had a potential to leave a bitter flavor in food when using the same salt in minimally processed melon.

For the attribute oiliness, only the potatoes blanched with B1 treatment for 30 days and in treatment with B3 frozen for 24 h were rated as “slightly better than the standard” (Table 1). The literature reports that the addition of CaCl2 reduced oil absorption by improving the sensory quality of this attribute (Pedreschi et al., 2007). Moreover, this salt adversely affects the flavor and texture attributes, as shown previously (Figure 1 and Table 1).

The residual oil content (physical-chemical parameter) is an important factor in the nutritional quality of the french fries, and according to data potatoes blanched in treatment with B3 frozen for 24 h resulted in lower oil levels, reducing 6,14 g of fat compared to potatoes blanched in treatment with B1 frozen for 24 h, the biggest absorption. This reduced fat absorption is caused by the gelatinization of the starch in the potato surface (Califano & Calvelo, 1987), which together with the combined action of the salts present in the blanching solution is enhanced by its capacity to stabilize plant tissues against the hot oil (Rimac-Brnčić et al., 2004). The Brazilian food composition table (Universidade Estadual de Campinas, 2011) indicates that fried English potatoes have 13.1 g of fat, a value close to what was found in this study for the NaCl treatment (B1) frozen for 24 h, where there was a greater oil absorption.

Because sample B1 obtained the most significant results in the sensory analysis for the attributes such as color, texture, and flavor in the multiple comparison test, and was also the most preferred in the preference ranking test, it was the treatment selected for the study of its microstructural and glycemic aspects, along with the control sample P.

Images from SEM (Figure 2) showed that the microstructural features of the starch granule swelled and lost their original shape, which according to Lee et al. (2011)occurs when the granules undergo hydrothermal treatments. Native potato starch is characterized by circular and oval granules ranging from 15 μm to 45 μm in size (Figure 2A) (McPherson & Jane, 1999; Leonel, 2007). The size of the granules varied according to blanching and freezing time: 555 μm (Figure 2B), 294 μm (Figure 2C), 203.5 μm (Figure 2D), and 202.5 μm (Figure 2E). After 30 days of freezing, both were reduced in size probably due to the rearrangement of the amylose and amylopectin molecules that cause contraction in the granule and syneresis. Research shows that the use of NaCl has an inhibitory effect on the gelatinization of the starch granule (Bello-Perez & Paredes-Lopez, 1995). This effect was observed in this study when comparing the sizes of granules from the P and B1 samples frozen for 24 h (Figure 2B and 2C).

Figure 2 Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) of native potato starches (A), processed: blanching treatment with P frozen for 24 h (B), B1 frozen for 24 h (C), P frozen for 30 d (D), and B1 frozen for 30 d (E). 

As for the shape and surface of the granules, cracks, dents, smaller aggregated starch granules, and fragments were observed on the surface of the granules due to gelatinization, the use of high temperatures, and rupture caused by the abundance of water molecules present in the blanching treatments (Lee et al., 2012). Bouchon & Aguilera (2001) reported that the structural modifications of the starch granules from gelatinized potatoes occur at temperatures above 72 °C, causing them to deform without disrupting the cellular structure.

The difference between the types of crystallinity of the granules is in the packaging of the amylose and amylopectin chains, and the water content of the sample is changed with the reorientation of the crystal due to blanching (Gunaratne & Hoover, 2002).

The diffraction peaks are used to identify the crystalline form of the food under study (Singh et al., 2006). It was observed that native potato starch granules (Figure 3A) showed crystallinity pattern type B characterized by intensity peaks at 6.3; 17; 19.3; and between 22° and 24° in 2θ angle (McPherson & Jane, 1999), and decreased susceptibility to enzyme attack (Jane et al., 1997). The diffractograms for the samples isolated from potato starch (Figures 3B, 3C, 3D, and 3E) showed small changes resulting from the application of blanching and freezing treatments used in this study.

Figure 3 X-ray diffraction of the processed potato starches: (A) native potato starch; (B) blanching treatment with P frozen for 24 h; (C) B1 frozen for 24 h; (D) P frozen for 30 d; and (E) B1 frozen for 30 d. 

In Figures 3B and 3C, it was noted that freezing for 24 h showed smaller peaks, but for the 30 days period, the definition of the peaks increased in both blanching treatments (Figures 3D and 3E), although this did not modify the crystallinity of the granule pattern. This result is due to the retrogradation of the amylopectin chains, which occurs more slowly because it involves the association of their branches, which are capable of reducing the percentage of amorphous area (Morrison et al., 1993). For blanching treatment with B1 frozen for 30 days (Figure 3D), the longer frozen storage time favored the more intense recrystallization of the granules.

The carbohydrate fractions, glycemic index, and glycemic load of the processed potatoes are presented in Table 3. Although the literature reports that frozen storage source of starchy foods promotes the formation of resistant starch (Rosin et al., 2002), the content of this constituent decreased in the processed potatoes (from 3.76 g to 2.31 g) as the freezing time increased (Table 3). The findings were possibly affected by the lowered amylose content in the potato (20% to 37%), because a higher percentage of amylose leads to increased formation of resistant starch (Escarpa et al., 1996; Müller et al., 2009).

Table 3 Carbohydrate fractions (g/100 g), glycemic index, glycemic load crystalline and amorphous area of processed potatoes. 

Sample RS DF GI GL
P 24 h 3.76 ± 0.05a 3.50 ± 0.03d 55.43 ± 0.05a 10.40 ± 0.04c
B1 24 h 2.85 ± 0.02b 5.08 ± 0.02b 53.86 ± 0.80b 13.94 ± 0.04a
P 30 d 2.69 ± 0.05c 4.90 ± 0.03c 52.12 ± 0.12c 12.00 ± 0.03b
B1 30 d 2.31 ± 0.02d 6.03 ± 0.03a 50.42 ± 0.12c 10.30 ± 0.07c

Blanching treatments: P (distilled water) frozen for 24 h; B1(NaCl 3% solution) frozen for 24 h; P30 frozen for 30 d, and B1 frozen for 30 d. The same vertical letters do not differ significantly at the 5% significance level by the Duncan test. RS: Resistant starch; DF: Dietary fiber; GI: Glycemic Index; GL: Glycemic Load.

It has also been suggested that because it is a fried food, there were interactions between the starch and the oils forming complexes that resulted in lower amylose availability to form indigestible fractions (Szczodrak & Pomeranz, 1992). Other authors have reported that intermolecular bonds of varying strength exist in resistant starch, modifying the levels in foods according to temperature, humidity, heating/cooling cycles, presence of oils, size of amylose and amylopectin chains, and storage temperature/time (Szczodrak & Pomeranz, 1992; Sievert & Pomeranz, 1989; Ai et al., 2013).

The values for dietary fiber ​​shown in Table 3 are within the range described in the literature (Mendez et al., 1995; Lajolo & Menezes, 2006; Universidade Estadual de Campinas, 2011). The use of the enzymatic gravimetric method (AOAC 991.43) to measure dietary fiber determines part of the resistant starch, and therefore the increase in fiber during freezing may possibly be due to small fractions of resistant starch measured by the enzymatic gravimetric method (Association of Official Analytical Chemists, 2002).

Among the treatments studied, blanching treatment with P frozen for 24 h had the highest glycemic response along with the highest resistant starch content (3.76 g) and lowest dietary fiber content (3.50 g) (Table 3). Helbig et al. (2008) found that different levels of resistant starch in samples of processed rice did not result in the reduction of glycemic response. Caruso & Menezes (2000) demonstrated a higher glycemic response in corn flakes with higher levels of resistant starch and quickly digestible starch, thus demonstrating that there is not yet a consensus regarding the influence of elevated resistant starch content and reduced glycemic response.

All samples studied were considered to have a low GI (Table 3), classified by Lajolo & Menezes (2006) as follows: low (≤55), moderate (56–79), and high (≥70). The literature reports GI values for french fries ranging from 70 to 107 (Food and Agriculture Organization, 1998; Foster-Powell et al., 2002; Sidney University Glycemic Index Research Service, 2011). However, lower values were found in this study (Table 3), emphasizing the influence and importance of processing on the bioavailability of potato starch, as reported by Lee & Moon (2015).

Glycemic load is another predictor of glycemic response, considering that the available portion of carbohydrates together with glycemic index enables a better understanding of starch bioavailability. Foods are classified as follows: low GL (≤10), comprising slowly digested carbohydrates; moderate CG (11–19); and high CG (≥20), comprising quickly digested carbohydrates (Brand-Miller et al., 2003; Sidney University Glycemic Index Research Service, 2011). The potatoes processed in this study had moderate glycemic loads (Table 3), an effect attributed to the ready availability of carbohydrates in digestion, but these data contrast with the values reported in the literature, which estimates high glucose loads for this food (Foster-Powell et al., 2002).

4 Conclusion

Potatoes blanched in sodium chloride solution presented better sensory quality for the attributes such as color, texture, flavor, and greater overall preference. A mixture of sodium chloride and calcium chloride in the blanching solution, despite providing less oil absorption and less oiliness, yielded a more rigid texture and lower overall preference.

A 30-day freezing period increased the lightness of the french fries, except when sodium chloride was used, which intensified the yellow color.

Blanching treatments with NaCl did not alter the crystal type of the starch; however, longer freezing time increased the percentage of crystalline area, reduced the content of resistant starch, and reduced the glycemic index and concentrated dietary fiber content, so that all the processed potatoes exhibited low glycemic indices and moderate glycemic loads.

Practical Application: Improve the sensory quality and the use of starch of French fries.


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Received: April 09, 2015; Accepted: August 06, 2015

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