Physicochemical and Sensory Properties of Nanopowdered Chitosan-Added Maribo Cheese during Ripening
Physicochemical and Sensory Properties of Nanopowdered Chitosan-Added Maribo Cheese during Ripening
Food Science of Animal Resources. 2014. Feb, 34(1): 57-64
Copyright © 2014, Korean Society for Food Science of Animal Resources
  • Received : October 23, 2013
  • Accepted : January 10, 2014
  • Published : February 28, 2014
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Hee-Yeon, Kim
Yu-Tae, Jeong
Department of Animal Science and Technology, Sunchon National University, Jeonnam 540-742, Korea
In-Hue, Bae
Department of Animal Science and Technology, Sunchon National University, Jeonnam 540-742, Korea
Hae-Soo, Kwak

Nanopowdered chitosan (NPC) has high biological activities, such as blood cholesterol lowering effect and antidiabetic activity. This study is carried out to determine the effects of nano-powdered chitosan-added Maribo cheese (NCMC) for the physicochemical properties and sensory analysis during its ripening at 14°C for 6 mon. From the results, the moisture and fat levels are not significantly influenced from the addition of chitosan ( p >0.05), but ash contents increased with increasing chitosan concentrations and the protein contents decreased with increasing chitosan concentrations. In the short-chain fatty acids analysis during the ripening, the total production is initially 13.79 ppm in 0.2% NCMC and 13.81 ppm in control, and their levels have steadily increased to 59.94 and 53.11 ppm, respectively. For the color levels, the L* values decreased, while the a* and b* values significantly increased during ripening for all samples ( p <0.05). In texture analysis, the hardness and gumminess of NCMC significantly decreased as compared to the control during ripening ( p <0.05), while the cohesive-ness, springiness and chewiness were not significantly different among the treatments ( p >0.05). In sensory analysis, the butyric off-flavor and bitterness increased slightly with increasing concentrations of NCMC during ripening. The overall acceptability of 0.2% NCMC held the highest score amongst the samples during the ripening. From the results obtained, the 0.2% NCMC was preferred during the ripening and observed the possibility of functional cheese.
Chitosan, the main derivatives of chitin, is a linear aminopolysaccharide composed primarily of repeating unit of β-(14)-linked-N-acetylglucosamine. Various functions of chitosan, such as cholesterol lowering ( Gallaher . 2000 ), antitumor ( Qin . 2002 ), immuno-enhancing, antidiabetic ( Hayashi and Ito, 2001 ), antihypertensive, wound healing, antifungal, and antimicrobial activity, have been reported in numerous studies. However, when chitosan is applied in the food industry, there has been difficulty in dissolving it in water. To increase solubility of chitosan, it has to be modified by chemical techniques. However, chemical modification can cause losing original physicochemical and biochemical properties ( Sugimoto . 1998 ). Therefore, nanotechnology may be one of the solutions for this problem.
Nano-sized substances could increase solubility and bioavailability due to the extremely increased surface area. ( Chaudhry . 2008 , Park . 2007 ). To find the effect of hypoglycemic, nanopowdered chitosan (562 nm) was studied in which 2% NPC-treated group had 79% higher secretion in insulin than that of commercial powdered chitosan ( Seo ., 2010 ). In addition, chitosan na-nopowder had better hypolipidemic effect than ordinary chitosan in rats ( Zhang ., 2013 ). Total cholesterol lowering effect from nanochitosan in rat was conducted in which NPC was reduced by 46.6% and PC by 18.6% ( Park ., 2010 ). NPC as a functional ingredient was applied in milk that could disperse during storage period using by ascorbic acid as a stabilizer and fortifier of vitamin C ( Seo ., 2011 ). To explore antibacteriocide action, a nanochitosan study was also conducted to observe this action using lactic acid bacteria in yogurt. The result of this study showed that NPC-added yogurt contained lactic acid bacteria from 4.75×10 8 to 9.70×10 8 CFU/mL during storage at 4°C for 20 d, which was not significantly different from control ( p >0.05) ( Seo ., 2009 ).
Maribo cheese is one of the representative semi-hard cheeses which has been made mainly in Denmark, and it resembles the various Latin America cheeses, such as chanco and paipa in Colombia and prato in Brazil ( Brito ., 2000 ). Since nanotechnology is quite new area in food science, there are almost no reports in the literature on the production of NPC-added Maribo cheese. Therefore, the objective of this study was focused on the physicochemical and sensory properties of cheese added with NPC during ripening.
Materials and Methods
- Materials
Raw milk to manufacture Maribo cheese was obtained from an animal farm affiliated with Sunchon National University (Sunchon, Korea). Powdered chitosan was obtained from Samsung Chitopia (Seoul, Korea) and milled to NPC by dry milling method in Apexel Co. (Pohang, Korea). The average particle sizes of PC and NPC measured were about 150 μm (as measured by scanning electron microscope) and about 562 nm in diameter (as measured by the particle size analyzer), respectively ( Fig. 1 and 2 ) ( Seo ., 2009 ).
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Scanning electron microscope images for powdered chitosan and nanopowdered chitosan.
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Particle size of nanopowdered chitosan.
- Manufacture of NCMC
Maribo cheese was prepared as described previously ( Robinson, 1995 ) with some modification. Different concentrations of NPC (0.2 and 0.5%) were added at the curd after second whey drainage. After manufacturing, pressed cheese were dried for 2 d and ripened at 14°C with a relative humidity of 90-95% for 6 mon.
- Analysis of chemical composition and yield of cheese
Cheese was analyzed for moisture, fat, and protein using methods of Association of Official Analytical Chemists ( AOAC, 2000 ). Cheese yield was determined as wt. cheese ×100/wt. milk.
Analysis of short-chain fatty acids
Cheese samples (1 g) were taken periodically, stored for 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 mon, extracted with diethyl ether and hexane for 2 h, and eluted through a 10 mm inner diameter glass column containing neutral alumina as described by Kwak et al . (1990). A Hewlett-Packard Model 5880A GC equipped with a flame ionization detector was used. The quantitation of short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) was achieved using a 15 m × 0.53 mm inner diameter Nukol fused-silica capillary column (Supleco Inc., Bellefonte, PA, USA). The GC was operated with nitrogen carrier gas at 30 mL/min, hydrogen gas 30 mL/min, and air at 300 mL/min. The column oven was programmed at the initial holding for 1min at 60°C and the first level holding to 170°C at 5°C/min for 10 min and holding for 20 min. Both temperatures for injector and detector were 220°C. Each FFA was identified by the retention time of standard.
- Color measurements
Color values of control and NCMC were measured using a colorimeter (Minolta CT-310, Tokyo, Japan) after calibrating its original value with a standard plate. Measured L*, a*, and b* values were used as indicators of lightness, redness, and yellowness, respectively. All samples were measured ten times.
- Texture profile analysis
Texture profile was measured using a TMS-Pro Texture Analyzer (Food Technology Co., VA, USA) with a cross-head of 5 cm/min and a chart recorder speed of 10 cm/ min. Cube-shaped samples (1.5 cm 3 ) were prepared. The basic characteristics, such as hardness (N), cohesiveness (J 3 ), gumminess (N), springiness (m×10 -3 ), and chewiness (J×10 -3 ), were obtained.
- Sensory attribute
Sensory evaluation was conducted by tentrained sensory panelists. Flavor, taste, and texture were investigated on a 7-point scale (1 = very weak, 4 = moderate and 7 = very strong). Overall acceptability was also evaluated on a 7-point scale (1 = dislike very much, 4 = neither like nor dislike and 7 = like very much). Samples were presented in randomly coded glass plates.
- Statistical analysis
All statistical analyses were performed using SAS version 9.0 (SAS Institute Inc., USA). Analysis of variance was performed using the general linear models procedure to determine significant differences among the samples. Means were compared by using Fisher’s least significant difference procedure. Significance was defined at the 5% level.
Results and Discussion
- Chemical composition
The composition of NCMC is shown in Table 1 . Moisture contents were not significantly different among all treatments with 36.95% in control cheese ( p >0.05). However, protein decreased significantly with increasing added chitosans from 24.25% in control to 22.91% in 0.5% NCMC ( p <0.05). Fat contents were not significantly affected from the addition of chitosan ( p >0.05). Ash contents increased with increasing chitosan concentrations of PCMC and NCMC. 0.5% NCMC had the highest ash contents among the samples (4.00%). Addition of nanochitosan may contribute to decreasing of nitrogen contents and increasing of ash contents. Cichoscki . (2002) reported that chemical composition, such as protein, fat, and ash of Prato cheese which is one of Brazilian semi-hard cheeses wasn’t significantly different during 60 d ripening.
Composition of nanopowdered chitosan-added Maribo cheese
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Means within a column with different letters are significantly different at p<0.05 Control: untreated Maribo cheese. PCMC: powdered chitosan-added Maribo cheese. NCMC: nanopowdered chitosan-added Maribo cheese.
The production of SCFAs (C 4 through C 10 ) is important in cheese ripening ( Lin and Jeon, 1987 ). They contribute indirectly to cheese flavor by acting as precursors for the production of volatile flavor compounds (Mcsweeney, 2003). The production of SCFA in NCMC during 6 mon ripening at 14°C was shown in Table 2 . SCFAs in NCMC and PCMC were increased during ripening. Release of butyric acid (C 4 ) contributed to the increase in total amount of SCFAs until 1 mon. After that, capric acid (C 10 ) influenced the increase of total SCFAs. C 4 of all treatments was increased slightly during 3 mon ripening with no significant difference ( p >0.05). At 4 mon, C 4 of all the samples was dramatically increased by almost 2 times. After 4 mon, C 4 of NCMC and PCMC was observed to have significantly more production than that of control ( p <0.05). After the ripening, 0.2% NCMC and control revealed 19.34 and 15.18 ppm in C 4 , respectively. C 10 was also increased during the ripening periods. In 0 and 1 mon, C 10 did not show difference among the samples. At 2 mon, C 10 of all the samples was considerably increased by more than 2 times. NCMC and PCMC had more C 10 contents compared to control, while the production of all samples was not significantly different ( p >0.05). However, addition of chitosan was not significantly influencial in increasing caproic acid (C 6 ) and caprylic acid (C 8 ) during ripening period ( p >0.05). Both NCMC and PCMC had more C 6 and C 8 contents than those of control. For total SCFAs, there was no big difference among the samples at 0 mon, however, 0.2% NCMC was increased from 13.79 to 59.94 ppm and control was increased from 13.81 to 53.11 ppm during the ripening. Compared to initial, NCMC had higher SCFA concentration than control during the ripening.
Production of short-chain fatty acid in nanopowdered chitosan-added Maribo cheese during ripening at 14°C for 6 mon
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Means within a column with different letters are significantly different at p<0.05 Control: untreated Maribo cheese. PCMC: powdered chitosan-added Maribo cheese. NCMC: nanopowdered chitosan-added Maribo cheese.
- Color
Color of NCMC ripened at 14°C for 6 mon was shown in Table 3 . L* value was significantly decreased in all samples during ripening ( p <0.05). 0.5% NCMC had the lowest L * value after ripening (75.86). 0.2% NCMC was decreased from 86.06 to 77.49 and this decreasing trend was similar to the control. Concentration of chitosan affected decreasing of lightness. However, a* and b* values of all samples were increased. a* value of chitosan-added cheese was lower than that of control, whereas b* value of chitosan-added cheese was higher than that of control. a* value was decreased with increasing chitosan concentrations. Under the same concentration of chitosan-added cheese, PCMC had significantly high b* values than NCMC. b* values of 0.2% NCMC and 0.5% NCMC were 13.20 and 13.39, respectively. As chitosan concentration increased, b* value increased both in NCMC and PCMC.
Changes in color of nanopowdered chitosan-added Maribo cheese during ripening at 14°C for 6 mon
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Means with different superscripts in a row (a-f) and column (A-C) are significant at p<0.05. Control: untreated Maribo cheese. PC: powdered chitosan-added Maribo cheese. NPC: nanopowdered chitosan-added Maribo cheese.
Rohm . (1996) reported that Emmental cheese also had similar trends in specificity that L* value decreased but a* and b* values increased during 120 d ripening. According to Seo . (2011) , nanochitosan solution-added milk samples significantly increased b* value but the addition of NPC did not significantly affect L* value of nano-chitosan- added milk.
- Texture analysis
Textural properties of NCMC during 6 mon ripening stored at 14°C are presented in Table 4 . Hardness decreased significantly in all samples during the ripening particularly at 1 mon ( p <0.05). After 3 mon, NCMC and PCMC had significantly higher hardness compared to control ( p <0.05). During the ripening, 0.5% NCMC and control decreased from 15.04 to 9.20 N 2 and from 14.97 to 7.15 N 2 , respectively. PCMC was harder than NCMC at each ripening period. Hardness of cheese was decreased because proteolytic breakdown of α s1 -casein into peptides causes cheese to soften and lose structural integrity with time ( Fox, 1989 ). Cohesiveness and gumminess were also decreased during the ripening in all samples. Cohesiveness was not significantly different among the samples ( p <0.05); however, cohesiveness of NCMC was higher than that of PCMC. After 3 mon, gumminess of control had significantly lower values than that of NCMC and PCMC ( p <0.05). NCMC was observed to have more gumminess than PCMC after 4 mon. Springiness and chewiness did not show any significant change by addition of chitosan in cheese during 6 mon ripening ( p >0.05). Springiness was slightly decreased during ripening and chewiness was decreased by almost 2 times at 1 mon in all samples. Tunick and Van Hekken (2000) reported that most of the cheeses became less cohesive with increasing age and the values for chewiness usually decreased with storage.
Texture properties of nanopowdered chitosan-added Maribo cheese during ripeing at 14°C for 6 mon
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Means with different superscripts in a row (a-e) and column (A-B) are significant at p<0.05. Control = Maribo cheese. PC: powdered chitosan-added Maribo cheese. NPC: nanopowdered chitosan-added Maribo cheese.
- Sensory attribute
Sensory attributes of NCMC during ripening at 14°C for 6 mon are shown in Table 5 . In butyric off-flavor, 0.2% NCMC and control were increased from 4.17 to 5.17 and from 4.00 to 4.33 during 6 mon ripening, respectively. Bitterness increased until 2 mon, thereafter it was decreased in all samples. In the process of protein degraded to amino acid, dipeptide could cause bitterness of cheese. In addition, cheeses added-chitosan powder had a slightly bitter taste than control because of the original bitter taste of nanopowdered and powdered chitosans. Hardness of control was rapidly decreased at 1 mon. Chitosan-added cheeses were significantly harder than control at 5 and 6 mon ( p <0.05). Hardness was 4.50 at initial and after ripening it was decreased to 3.50 in 0.2% NCMC and 3.00 in control. Hardness of chitosan-added samples was increased with increasing chitosan concentration. Overall acceptability was also affected by addition of nanopowdered and powdered chitosans in cheese samples, but there were not significantly different among the samples. After the ripening fore 2 mon, 0.2% NCMC had the best overall acceptability among the samples (6.17). Altieri . (2005) reported that sensory analysis between 0.075% chitosan-added Mozzarella cheese and chitosan-free cheeses were not different. According to Seo . (2011) , 1-9% nano-chitosan- added milks did not significantly influenced bitter taste and overall scores ( p >0.05).
Sensory properties of nanopowdered chitosan-added Maribo cheese during ripeing at 14°C for 6 mon
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Means with different superscripts in a row (a-c) and column (A-B) are significant at p<0.05. Control = Maribo cheese. PC: powdered chitosan-added Maribo cheese. NPC: nanopowdered chitosan-added Maribo cheese.
The current study was designed to develop on NPC-added Maribo cheeses and to evaluate the effect of adding NPC in the chemical, texture, and sensory properties during ripening. The data on the SCFA, color, texture, and sensory analysis obtained from the current study indicated that 0.2% concentration of NPC could be applicable in NPC-added functional cheese development. Therefore, the present study may provide the possibility of NPC-added Maribo cheese manufacture.
The present study was supported by a grant from Korea Institute of Planning and Evaluation for Technology in Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Gyeonggi-Do, Republic of Korea (111020-03-3-HD120).
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