Food Structure


Three different grinding procedures were utilized to prepare "old-fashioned" non-stabilized peanut butters. A leading commercial brand of stabilized peanut butter was used for comparison. The microstructure of each non-stabilized peanut butter was then evaluated with light microscopy and compared to the microstructure of the commercial brand of stabilized peanut butter. Major findings include: (1) dense spatial relationships of protein bodies, starch grains, and cell and tissue fragments that exist in "old-fashioned " non-stabilized peanut butter as compared to the well-dispersed spatial relationships which exist in commercially prepared stabilized peanut butter; and (2) degree of homogenization in the nonstabilized peanut butters was improved by coupling two grinding procedures sequentially.

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