BEVERAGES BASED ON RICOTTA CHEESE WHEY AND FRUIT JUICES

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A. RIZZOLO
G. CORTELLINO

Keywords

monomeric anthocyanin pigment, percent polymeric color, sourness index, total phenolic, compounds, total sweetness index

Abstract

For studying antioxidants, sugars and organic acids compositions and their impact on Sourness Index (SI) and Total Sweetness Index (TSI), beverages were produced by blending Ricotta-cheese whey (RCW), by-product of Ricotta cheese production, with fruit juices. Pear-RCW had higher malic acid and sorbitol, blueberry-RCW higher citric acid, total phenolics and anthocyanin pigments, apple-RCW higher sucrose and fructose, and strawberry-RCW higher glucose. Blueberry-RCW had the highest SI and the lowest TSI, while apple-RCW had the lowest SI and the highest TSI. Higher quality beverages may be obtained by using apple juice (‘Yellow’ type) and the apple:blueberry (50:50) blend (‘Red’ type).

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