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Trans fats in foods and the commercial challenges

28 August 2013 | By M. S. Alam Head of Fats and Oils Program, Food Protein R&D Center, Texas A&M University

Fats and oils are major sources of energy, providing nine kilocalories per gram compared to carbohydrates and proteins which provide only four kilocalories per gram and 3.8 kcal/g of energy, respectively. The two major sources of edible fats and oils are plants and animals. Plant sources or vegetable oils are…

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Extrusion of rice analogue

11 January 2013 | By Mian N Riaz, Head of Extrusion Technology Program, Food Protein R&D Center, Texas A&M University

Today, rice is one of the most important food crops in developing countries and it is considered staple food in many parts of the world. Rice is also becoming much more important in the United States, Europe, Asia and Middle East. However, concerns have been raised because it is high…

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Extrusion of precooked pasta

1 May 2012 | By Mian N. Riaz, Head Extrusion Technology Program, Food Protein R&D Center, Texas A&M University and Brian Plattner, Process Engineering Manager, Wenger Manufacturing Co

Pasta is a common source of carbohydrates in our diet today. Production and consumption of pasta products vary depending on the region of the world and culinary traditions within a society. Italy ranks as the highest consumer of pasta in the world at nearly 26 kilograms per capita, which is…

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Extrusion of cereals

26 August 2010 | By Mian N. Riaz, Head of Extrusion Technology Program, Texas A&M University

The world cereal yield was 2,219 million tons in 2009, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation1. Cereal grains are grown all over the world and provide more food energy than any other type of crop, they are therefore staple crops. Cereals can be consumed in their natural…