Resistant Starch: Sources, Applications and Health Benefits

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The discovery of resistant starch is considered one of the majordevelopments in our understanding of the importance ofcarbohydrates for health in the past twenty years. Resistantstarch, which is resistant to digestion and absorption in the humansmall intestine with complete or partial fermentation in the largeintestine, is naturally present in foods. 

Resistant Starch: Sources, Applications and Health Benefitscovers the intrinsic and extrinsic sources of resistant starch infoods, and compares different methods of measuring resistant starchand their strengths and limitations. Applications in different foodcategories are fully covered, with descriptions of how resistantstarch performs in bakery, dairy, snack, breakfast cereals, pasta,noodles, confectionery, meat, processed food and beverageproducts. 
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About the author

Yong-Chen Shi, PhD, Associate Professor and Director, Carbohydrate Polymers - Technology and Product Innovation Department of Grain Science and Industry, Kansas State University.

Ody Maningat, PhD, Vice President, R&D and Technical Services, Manildra Group, USA.

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John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Sep 6, 2013
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Pages
312
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ISBN
9781118528754
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Language
English
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Genres
Science / Life Sciences / Horticulture
Technology & Engineering / Food Science / General
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