Food and Nutrition Sciences
Vol. 2 No. 6 (2011) , Article ID: 6611 , 8 pages DOI:10.4236/fns.2011.26077
Application of Renneted Skim Milk as a Fat Mimetics in Nonfat Yoghurt
1Department of Food Science and Technology, Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran; 2Department of Food Science and Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran.
Received May 9th, 2011; revised June 26th, 2011; accepted July 3rd, 2011.
Keywords: Casein, Fat mimetics, Renneted skim milk (RSM), Skim yoghurt
For a long time, fermented dairy products have been consumed for human’s nutrition and health. Recently, consumption of whole dairy products, such as full fat yoghurt, has declined due to the awareness of probable harmful effects of fat on consumers’ health, resulting change of market interest in favor of low or non fat dairy products. It is a challenge for food scientists to produce a suitable fat substitute providing the functionality of the missing fat. The present investigation was carried out to examine the effect of 0 to 50% renneted skim milk (RSM) as a fat mimetics upon the physicochemical, physical, rheological and sensory characteristics of nonfat yoghurt in comparison to control samples (full fat and skim yoghurts). By increasing RSM content, the chemical characteristics (titratable acidity, pH as well as the content of fat and total protein) of yoghurts did not alter except decrease of total solid in sample with 50% RSM. The yoghurts with more content of RSM exhibited higher b*and a* values, while the highest L* value, viscosity, water holding capacity (WHC), firmness and lowest syneresis were found in sample containing 30% RSM. It seems that new interaction in gel network of yoghurts containing RSM, exhibited greater ability to bind water than control skim yoghurt. In addition, probably new bridges between milk proteins (interacting partially hydrolyzed casein with casein) can increase the number of bounds between protein particles leading to lower syneresis. However, excessive RSM content (higher than 30%) did not increase the L* value, viscosity and WHC of samples probably because of too much aggregation of casein. Sensory results revealed that sample containing 30% RSM was exactly alike to full fat yoghurt in terms of overall sensory attributes. New formulation of palatable skim yoghurt was developed using 3% RSM successfully.
For a long time, fermented dairy products have been consumed for human’s nutrition and health . Yoghurt is very popular among fermented dairy products in all over the word .
Recently, consumption of whole dairy products (e.g. full fat yoghurt) has declined due to the awareness of the probable harmful effect of fat on consumer’s health, thus dietary habits of consumers have been changed and market interest has tended to change in favor of low or non fat dairy products . Although, low or non fat yoghurt with attribution from health point of view are producing world wide, unfortunately due to lack of functional properties of left out fat which leads to inferior organoleptic quality of product, manufacturers are facing to low consumer acceptance and preference. It is a big challenge for many food scientists to produce a suitable fat substitute to provide the functionality of the missing fat [1,4]. Therefore, manufacturers have followed different strategies including: increasing the milk solid non fat in yoghurt milk, addition of non dairy based stabilizers, and usage of milk proteins as fat substitutes . Although, enhancing the total solid content of skim yoghurt similar to full fat product is a traditional and common method which leads to improvement in viscosity and water binding in yoghurt, the product may suffer from powder taste, excessive firmness and grainy texture [5,6]. Fat replacer like gelatin , κ-carrageenan , pectin , inuline [10,11], fibres [12,13] and starch [4,14,15] are also added to yoghurt to improve viscosity, texture and decrease syneresis. Dairy based ingredients are added to yoghurt milk to avoid the addition of non dairy ingredient to provide more suitable and stable texture in yoghurt. The effect of adding of three casein based products and three whey based ingredients on texture of skim yoghurt revealed that, products produced with whey protein concentrate (WPC) were generally softer than casein added samples . Dave and Shah (1998) reported that the use of hydrolyzed casein caused viscosity of gel yoghurt to increase. Puvanethiran et al. (2002) concluded that decreasing the ratio of casein to WPC, result in higher maximum strength of yoghurt gel and lower syneresis. The effect of mixing WPC and casein on the physical properties indicated that the viscosity of yoghurt increased without granular texture . However, addition of dairy based ingredients causes powder flavour in final product beside of their price.
The present investigation was carried out to examine the effect of different percent of renneted skim milk (RSM) as a fat mimetics upon the physicochemical, physical, rheological, texture and sensory evaluation of skim yoghurt, in comparison to the full fat and skim yoghurts without fat mimetics.
2. Materials and Methods
The ingredient including skim and whole milk powder (Australian Dairy Goods, Pty, Ltd., Australia) were used in the production of renneted skim milk and yoghurts. Liquid rennet (Rennilase®, 55 international milk clotting unites (IMCU) /ml, DSM, France) was used to produce renneted skim milk. Yoghurts were prepared using starter culture YC-280 consisted of Lactobacills delbrukii subs. Bulgaricus and Streptoccous thermophillus (CHR Hasen, Denmark).
2.2. Reconstitution of Skim and Whole Milk
Reconstitution skim and whole milk were prepared by dissolving 10% (w/w) low heat skim and whole milk powder in distilled water and were kept at 4˚C overnight .
2.3. Renneted Skim Milk (RSM) Preparation
Heated skim milk (63˚C/30 min) containing 0.4 ml rennet/ 100 ml skim milk was kept at 60˚C for 15 min followed by heating to 63˚C for 30 min for inactivating the rennet. Renneted skim milk sample cooled to 4˚C and kept overnight .
2.4. Yoghurt Culture Preparation
Yoghurt culture YC-280 was weighted (g) and added to 1 liter of sterile milk at 42˚C under sterile condition. Four ml of prepared starter culture was inoculated per 1 liter of yoghurt milk accordance with the guidelines provided by manufacture.
2.5. Yoghurt Manufacture
Reconstituted skim and full fat milk were heated 85˚C to 90˚C for 30 min, and then cooled to 44˚C to 45˚C, while only Skim milk was mixed with 0, 10%, 20%, 30%, 40% and 50% of RSM. Then skim and full fat milk inoculated with starter culture and incubated at 44˚C to 46˚C to reach a final pH of 4.6 to 4.7, then stored at 4˚C. The samples were analyzed after one day for physicochemical analysis, colorimetric characteristic (L*, a*, and b* values), the amount of syneresis and water holding capacity, apparent viscosity, texture and sensory attributes. Yoghurt samples were coded as shown in table 1.
2.6. Physicochemical Characteristics
The methods of the Association of Official Analytical Chemists  were used, to determine fat and total protein content as well as Titratable acidity (TA), the Gerber, the Kjeldahl and Dornic method was used, respectively. pH of samples was measured by a digital pH meter (Metrohm, Herisau, Switzerland) and total solids was determined by drying 8 to 11 g of the samples at 100˚C for 5 h. yoghurt samples were analyzed at 10 replicates.
2.7. Color Measurements
Hunter lab colorimeter (D25 DP9000, Hunter Associates Laboratory, Inc., Reston, USA) calibrated with black and white reference standard was used. Color of the samples was measured in CIE lab system and the colorimetric characteristics were L* (whitness to blackness), a* (redness to greenness), and b* (yellowness to bluness) value. Measurements were carried out in 10 replicates for each treatment.
2.8. Apparent Viscosity
The apparent viscosity of yoghurt samples were measured using a Brookfield viscometer (model RV-DVIII, Brookfield programming Rheometery, Inc., USA). Spindle was selected such that during measurements the tor-
Table 1. Codes of different yoghurts present in this study.
que was between 10% to 100%, as suggested by the manufacturer . The temperature of samples was maintained at 19˚C ± 1˚C throughout the test. The flow curves of the samples were obtained by spindle speeds of 10, 40, 70 and 100 rpm, provided by varying the shear rate from 2.26 to 22.66 (–s), the corresponding viscosity values were measured, and recorded after 60 s rotation. In addition the viscosity readings were recorded after 1, 3, 5, and 7 min in spindle speeds of 100 rpm. Measurements were carried out in 10 replicates for each treatment and results were recorded in mPa.s.
2.9. Physical Characteristics
Yoghurt was analyzed for syneresis and water holding capacity (WHC).
Syneresis of analyzed yoghurt was determined using both drainage method [13,24] and centrifugal method . Regarding drainage method, the analysis was done using a whatman filter no 589.2 (S & S, Dassel, Germany) placed on top of a funnel. After that, approximately 25 g of the samples were spread on the paper. The drainage time and temperature were 20 min and 4˚C, respectively. The percentage syneresis was calculated as (liquid weight/ initial sample weight) × 100. In centrifuged method, approximately 30 g of yoghurt was placed in test tube and centrifuged (sigma laborzentrifugen model 3k-300, Germany) at 222 g for 10 min at 4˚C. The syneresis was expressed as (clear supernatant/initial weight) × 100, each treatment in 10 replicates were done.
Water holding capacity was measured by centrifuge method according to Kalab et al. (1983) as modified by Parnell-Culnies et al. (1986). WHC was evaluated by using 5 g of samples to centrifuge (sigma laborzentrifugen model 3k-300, Germany) at 13,500 g for 30 min at 10˚C. After centrifugation, the supernatant was drained and the pellet weighted. WHC was expressed as: [1- (pellet weight/initial sample weight)] × 100, each treatment was done in 10 replicates.
2.10. Textural Characteristics
The firmness of yoghurt samples were determined by a simple fundament, using a HTE Universal Testing Machine (S-Series Bench U.T.M. Model H5K-S, Hounsfield Test Equipment Ltd., UK) with a 500 N load cell and back extrusion method was used. Yoghurt was carefully scooped in to cylindrical container (40 mm diameter × 50 mm height). A 38 mm in diameter flat base cylinder with a constant speed of 100 mm/min was thrust into the cylindrical container at 20˚C [3,28], 10 replicate tests were made on each yoghurt type.
2.11. Sensory Evaluation
The sensory evaluations of yoghurts were conducted with sensory descriptive analysis by seven trained panelists (aged 30 to 40 yr; 4 females and 3 males). They had much experience with sensory evaluation. The panel was comprised of the experts at Agricultural Engineering Research Institute, Karaj-Iran. All panelists were trained for two sessions (each session approximately 50 min) before evaluation familiarize them. Each training session was performed around mid-morning by receiving on oral description of sensory attributes that they would evaluate. The sensory attributes including taste (powdery, watery and undesirable taste), appearance (intensity of color, yellowish and creamy), texture (smooth, grainy and consistency), flavor (powdery and non dairy) and overall of samples. Yoghurts were randomly presented to the panelists in three digital randomly numbered cups in a balanced format (approximately 200 mL), under normal light at 10˚C in the sensory laboratory. Panelists used distilled water and unsalted plain crackers before tasting each sample, Samples were scored by 5-point scale from (0 = dislike extremely, 1 = dislike, 2 = neither dislike nor like, 3 = like, 4 = like extremely), [29,30]. Seven samples were presented to panelists three times.
2.12. Statistical Analysis
ANOVA and Duncan’s new multiple range test were used to analyzed and compare differences between the mean values, respectively (significant level p < 0.05). Statistical program SPSS 16.0 (SPSS INC., Chicago, IL, USA) was used for statistical analyses.
3. Results and Discussion
3.1. Physicochemical Characterization
The average physicochemical characteristics of yoghurt samples are shown in table 2. All samples did not differ in pH value and protein content, but CFFY had a higher Titratable acidity, fat content and total solids, because of higher fat content (p < 0.05). No significant difference was observed between characteristics of skim yoghurt samples, expect for total solids (p < 0.05). The assumption is that the applied the intensity of heat in producing yoghurt (85˚C - 90˚C for 30 min) compared to produce RSM (60˚C - 65˚C for 30 min) led to greater evaporation water and SYRSM5 sample was significantly drop in total dry matter.
3.2. Colorimetric Characterization
The colorimetric properties (L*, a*, and b*) of skim and full fat yoghurt are shown in table 3. Whiteness value (L*) of CFFY sample was significantly higher than skim milk yoghurt samples because of the highest fat content (p < 0.05) and adding RSM had a significant effect on the whitness of the skim yoghurt samples (p < 0.05). Increasing RSM up to 40 % significantly increased the L*
Table 2. Means (±SD) of the physicochemical characteristics of yoghurt samples (n = 10).
Table 3. Means (±SD) of color (L*, a*, and b*) of yoghurt samples (n = 10).
value, possibly due to new interaction in network of gel, but further added did not increase the L* value of skim yoghurt samples. As a result, the higher amount of RSM led to aggregation, a decrease in light scattering and lightness (table 3). All samples had a negative a* (greenness) value, a* value of CFFY sample was significantly lower than other samples (p < 0.05). The results showed that a higher RSM led to significantly increased a* value maybe due to riboflavin. Although in table 3 shows that the b* value of skim yoghurt content RSM was significantly higher than CSY sample (p < 0.05), but CFFY had a significantly higher b* value than skim samples. Ezzatpanah et al., (2011) concluded that RSM had more intensity in L*, a*, and b* value than skim milk. In this study it was concluded that the present of RSM made the color of yoghurt approaching to RSM.
3.3. Rheological Characterization
Yoghurt is a non-Newtonian substance [31,32] and yoghurt viscosity is an indication of a network of casein-particle aggregation leading to gelation . In the present study the apparent viscosity of curd yoghurt was measured at various spindle speeds (shear rate) and shear times to determine rheological characterization of yoghurt .
3.3.1. Effect of Shearing Speed
The variations of shear speed in the apparent viscosity are given in Figure 1. Shear speed was obtained from conversion of spindle factors (torque and speed spindle) of the Brookfield viscometer (under standard measuring condition) to viscosity function, according to Mitschka, 1982. Increasing shear speed from 2.26 to 22.66 (–s) clearly demonstrated decrease in apparent viscosity indicating a pesudoplastic ‘shear thing’ characterization of gel yoghurt. Overall, CFFY sample with highest fat content and total solids had the most apparent viscosity (p < 0.05). Increasing the amount of RSM led to a considerable rise in the apparent viscosity of the samples. Ezzatpanah et al. (2011) stated that RSM had a higher viscosity than skim milk, subsequently replacement of RSM for skim yoghurt was effective in increasing the viscosity. SYRSM3 sample had the nearest viscosity to full fat yoghurt, maybe due to rearrangement of casein micelles and a new interaction of partially hydrolyzed casein in RSM with casein micelles. On the other hand, SYRSM5 sample had a lower viscosity maybe due to lower total solids, graininess and non stable structure.
3.3.2. Effect of Shearing Time
The variations of shearing time in the apparent viscosity are shown in Figure 2. The relationship between time and viscosity is clearly displaying a thixotropic character of crude yoghurt, involving a gradual decrease in appar-
Figure 1. Means of variations of shear speed in the apparent viscosity of yoghurt (n = 10). CSY: Control Skim Yoghurt, SYRSM1: Skim Yoghurt with 10% Rennet Skim Milk, SYRSM2: Skim Yoghurt with 20% Rennet Skim Milk, SYRSM3: Skim Yoghurt with 30% Rennet Skim Milk, SYRSM4: Skim Yoghurt with 40% Rennet Skim Milk, SYRSM5: Skim Yoghurt with 50% Rennet Skim Milk, CFFY: Control Full Fat Yoghurt.
Figure 2. The means of variations of shear time in the apparent viscosity of yoghurt (n = 10). CSY: Control Skim Yoghurt, SYRSM1: Skim Yoghurt with 10% Rennet Skim Milk, SYRSM2: Skim Yoghurt with 20% Rennet Skim Milk, SYRSM3: Skim Yoghurt with 30% Rennet Skim Milk, SYRSM4: Skim Yoghurt with 40% Rennet Skim Milk, SYRSM5: Skim Yoghurt with 50% Rennet Skim Milk, CFFY: Control Full Fat Yoghurt.
ent viscosity after a certain time at a constant shear rate. Among the variations of shearing time, CFFY and CSY samples had the highest and lowest viscosity respectively and the viscosity amount of the other samples was between that ranges.
3.4. Physical Characteristics
Syneresis is an undesirable property and determined by various methods . In the preset study syneresis was measured by means of both drainage and centrifugal methods. The results of the syneresis experiments and statistical analysis are shown in table 4. The difference between the patterns of whey separation detected in those methods show that these methods determined various data . The results of two methods showed that CFFY sample had the most limited syneresis (p < 0.05). Reduction of syneresis with increasing levels of RSM up to 30% may be due to reduction pore size in the protein matrix and an increase in entrapment of serum of yoghurt curd. Centrifuge method showed that CSY, SYRSM4 and SYRSM5 samples had a higher syneresis (p < 0.05). In turn, syneresis determined by drainage method showed that SYRSM5 sample had the most syneresis possibly because of the porous and loose gel in SYRSM5 sample structure.
Table 5 presents data on the water holding capacity of yoghurts. Full fat yoghurt exhibited the highest and skim
Table 4. Means (±SD) of Syneresis of yoghurt samples (n = 10).
Table 5. Means (±SD) of WHC and firmness of yoghurt samples (n = 10).
milk yoghurt exhibited the lowest water holding capacity (p < 0.05), these results were markedly because of the fat content. Yoghurts containing RSM exhibited greater ability to bind water than control skim yoghurt. SYRSM3 sample had the highest water holding capacity among skim samples (p < 0.05). Maybe new bridge between milk proteins by interacting partially hydrolyzed casein with casein, which would be hydrophobic, can increase the number of bounds between protein particles. More RSM in samples leads to a decrease in water holding capacity; it may depend on the more syneresis and non stable structure.
In previous studies it was noted that reduction in whey separation  and increase in WHC  of yoghurt was presented when the total solids were increased. Interestingly, in the present study by adding RSM without increasing total solids, resistance to syneresis and WHC were increased.
3.5. Textural Properties
Table 5 reports the maximum force required for firmness of gel samples. The results showed that CFFY sample had the highest maximum force, because of the types of interaction occur between fat globules and the casein matrix (p < 0.05). Findings in Table 5 showed that network of yoghurt containing 30% RSM appeared to have considerably more firmness than control skim yoghurt (p < 0.05). It seems that connecting the chains of casein and modified casein increased the firmness of the gel.
3.6. Sensory Properties
Table 6 showed the results of the sensory properties (taste, appearance, texture, flavor and overall) of the for taste panels. The expert panelists indicated a preference for full fat yoghurt through other samples because fat improves the taste, appearance, structure, texture and flavor of yoghurt. Most consumers of dairy product are conscious of positive impact of low fat yoghurt but sacrifice their health to taste, texture and flavor . Low or skim yoghurt has fewer acceptances among consumer due to loss rheological and sensory properties also increase syneresis . In this study RSM had a positive influenced on the sensory scores of samples. SYRSM3 sample was preferred over the other five samples for appearance (yellowish and creamy). The same pattern was also observed in the texture score (smooth and consistency). The average flavor score of skim samples with RSM was close but significantly different among samples, the same results were observed for taste score. Interestingly, in the overall sensory evaluation, there was no significant difference between samples SYRSM3 and CFFY. It is a very satisfactory result because over all sensory in formulated non fat yoghurt with 30% RSM was similar to full fat yoghurt.
RSM was successfully used in nonfat yoghurt production. RSM added samples showed similar physicochemical characteristic to skim yoghurt. Increasing RSM ratio from o (control) to 30% improves physical, rheological properties and sensory score. Yoghurt stabilized with 30% of RSM showed higher L*and b* values, apparent viscosity, water holding capacity, firmness and lower syneresis than control skim yoghurt. While this sample had only 0.3% fat content the overall sensory evaluation score was similar to the full fat yoghurt with 3% fat content. The final product had low calorie acceptance mouthful and was healthier. The results from this study suggest that the 30% of RSM selected could successfully
Table 6. Means (±SD) of the sensory evaluation of yoghurt samples.
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