Молекулярная гастрономия для креативных шеф-поваров (англ. язык) - страница 22

Молекулярная гастрономия для креативных шеф-поваров (англ. язык)

drying out.

Role in cooking:

So in conclusion, the roles of proteins in food and cooking are large and extremely diverse:

· Stabilising (both water-fat mixes and water-air mixes)

· Affecting texture – both water retention (gelling) and water removal (syneresis)

· Affecting taste by its role in the Maillard reactions

The large range of functions provided by this group is due to the large number of different proteins that

can exist. The starches, for example, are based on a single subunit – the glucose unit, so the number

of possible different structures that can be formed is fairly limited. As a result, the different starches

tend to have similar roles.

The proteins however, can be composed of any combination of the basic twenty different amino acids,

and this gives rise to an enormous number of different possible amino acid sequence combinations

that can exist. Since amino acid sequence affects protein structure, an enormous number of different

structures of proteins can exist. Since the structure of a molecule affects its functions, it is of little

surprise that the protein group offers the chef such a wide range of different functions.

Some special proteins


Enzymes are a special group of proteins that control chemical reactions. The majority of reactions that

control the living world do not occur spontaneously. In order for the substrates involved to react and

produce their related products, an enzyme is needed to speed up the reaction. The enzymes

themselves remain unchanged, but their presence is essential to allow changes in the reacting

molecules. Enzymes contain an active site, into which the reacting molecules can fit. This brings the

substances into close contact, favouring their reaction.


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An example of a non enzyme controlled reaction where two products react with each other to form a

single product molecule

+ +

The same reaction speeded up in the presence of an enzyme (shown in blue)

Enzymes are responsible for controlling both useful and undesired reactions in food and cooking.

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