Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Farfán M., Villalón M.J., Ortíz M.E., Nieto S. and Bouchon P. (2013)

The effect of interesterification on the bioavailability of fatty acids in structured lipids.

Revista : Food Chemistry
Volumen : 139
Número : 1-4
Páginas : 571-577
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación


Fatty acid (FA) profile is a critical factor in the nutritional properties of fats, but, stereochemistry may also play a fundamental role in the rate and extent to which FAs are absorbed and become available. To better understand this phenomenon, we evaluated the bioavailability of FAs in linseed-oil and palm-stearin blends compared to their interesterified mix, using a sn-1,3 stereospecific lipase, to determine if there was any difference in terms of FA availability when using this technology. Test meals were fed through an intragastric feeding tube on Sprague-Dawley male rats after 18 h fasting. Postprandial blood samples were collected after meal or physiological serum (control) administration and the FA profile of plasma lipids was determined. Results showed that modification of the melting profile through interesterification, without altering the bioavailability determined by sn-2 stereochemistry, could delay lipid absorption at the beginning, but had no effect on total lipid absorption.