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Effects of high pressure processing on lipid oxidation: A review

Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies
DOI: 10.1016/j.ifset.2013.10.012
  • High-Pressure Processing
  • Lipid Oxidation
  • Cholesterol Oxidation
  • Malondialdehyde
  • Activation Volume
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics


Abstract High pressure processing (HPP) is an alternative mild-technology used in the past decades to sterilize and pasteurize food matrices such as meat and seafood. HPP obeys thermodynamic principles, namely Le Chatelier's law of equilibrium and the isostatic rule, both of which account for microbial inactivation. HPP has the advantage of ensuring reduction of pathogens and spoilage in foods, and preserving the organoleptic characteristics of the product that are compromised in traditional heat treatments. However, high pressure changes the thermodynamic equilibrium of chemical reactions. This is the case of lipid oxidation, in which kinetics is accelerated in the presence of high hydrostatic pressure. In recent years, there has been increasing focus on the response of lipid components to HPP, especially considering the deleterious outcomes that secondary products of oxidation have on the final product. The objective of this work is to review the literature on the effect of this “mild-technology” in the degradation of lipid fraction of foods. We discuss qualitative and quantitative determinations, as well as the thermodynamic and chemical interpretations underlying the phenomenon. Industrial relevance In this work we reviewed the literature concerning the effect of high-pressure processing (HPP) on lipid oxidation. Since 1990s HPP has been used as an alternative to thermal treatments to pasteurize and sterilize food products, such as meats and seafood. Many of these raw materials have a high content of lipids (among them trialglycerols and cholesterol-derivative) that are susceptible to oxidation. During the last decade, there has been increasing interest on the response of lipid components to HPP, especially considering the deleterious outcomes that secondary oxidation-derivative molecules have on the final product. This review intends to summarize and discuss the data reported in literature, contextualizing the oxidation within the broad transformation of biological structures due to hydrostatic pressure. A better understanding of the underlying phenomena could lead to the development of predicting models which could be use in food industry.

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