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University of Massachusetts Amherst

2014

Antioxidants

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Understanding Lipid Oxidation In Low-Moisture Food, Leann M. Barden Nov 2014

Understanding Lipid Oxidation In Low-Moisture Food, Leann M. Barden

Doctoral Dissertations

Low-moisture snacks account for much of the saturated fat in the diet, making them a key target for improving consumers’ health. However, it is not currently feasible to maintain the same shelf life when replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats in these products.

The first study characterized the microstructure of a low-moisture cracker model system and determined the impact of iron, chelators, and free fatty acids (FFA) on lipid oxidation kinetics. Confocal microscopy showed that lipids form a continuous layer surrounding the small and/or minimally gelatinized starch granules. Lipid-starch, lipid-air, and starch-lipid-protein interfaces all existed. Oxidation studies showed a ...


Honesty And Carotenoids In A Pigmented Female Fish, Alexandria Christine Brown Apr 2014

Honesty And Carotenoids In A Pigmented Female Fish, Alexandria Christine Brown

Doctoral Dissertations

The carotenoid tradeoff hypothesis states that diet-derived carotenoids are tradedoff among competing physiological demands, but this statement is rarely tested in ornamented females. The following dissertation tests the carotenoid tradeoff hypothesis in reverse sexually dimorphic convict cichlids (Amantitlania siquia) using carotenoidsupplemented diet treatments and a field-based study of carotenoid intake. Spectral, microscopic, and chemical analysis determined how females allocated the pigments to tissues and how those decisions affected their ventral patch coloration. The results presented in the current study show that carotenoids enhance offspring growth and survival, lower oxidative stress, and reduce the time to clear a parasite. The two ...