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Exposure, health information and flavour-masking strategies for improving the sensory quality of probiotic juice.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16857295     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Probiotics are live microbial food supplements, which have been shown to exert numerous health benefits. Research has identified that probiotics cause perceptible off-flavours that often contribute to consumer dissatisfaction. This research consisted of three objectives. Firstly, to confirm whether probiotics have a significant effect on the sensory quality and the consumer acceptance of juices. Secondly, to evaluate whether the addition of tropical juices masks probiotic off-flavours, thereby increasing consumer liking. Thirdly, to determine whether non-sensory factors (i.e., repeated exposure, and health information) have an impact on consumer liking. Three orange juice products were manufactured for analysis; Control juice, juice containing probiotics, and juice containing probiotics and tropical fruit juices (10% v/v). Descriptive sensory analysis using a trained panel (n=8) determined that probiotic juices possessed unique 'medicinal' characteristics. Using labelled affective magnitude scales, consumers (n=116) evaluated their 'overall liking' of the three juices in a randomised order in the laboratory. Once assigned into one of three balanced exposure groups, each consumer took home seven, 100mL bottles of one of the juices, and consumed one bottle each day for 7 days. After each in-home consumption, consumers evaluated their 'overall liking' to familiarize themselves with the juice. Furthermore, half of the consumers were provided with information about the presence and the health benefits of probiotics, while the other half of consumers received no information. After 7 days of in-home usage, consumers returned to the laboratory for post-exposure sensory testing, where they re-evaluated their 'overall liking' of the three juices in a randomised order. Results showed that tropical juices were effective in masking the off-flavours associated with probiotic ingredients, and that consumer liking for the probiotic juice containing tropical juice flavours was maintained over the 7-day exposure period. Exposure and information had significant effects on the 'overall liking' of juices containing probiotic cultures. A significant interaction between exposure and information was observed. Therefore, exposure, health information and flavour-masking techniques can have a positive effect on the hedonic qualities of probiotic juices.
T Luckow; V Sheehan; G Fitzgerald; C Delahunty
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article     Date:  2006-07-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Appetite     Volume:  47     ISSN:  0195-6663     ISO Abbreviation:  Appetite     Publication Date:  2006 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-10-27     Completed Date:  2007-05-04     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8006808     Medline TA:  Appetite     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  315-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Analysis of Variance
Beverages* / microbiology
Choice Behavior
Consumer Satisfaction
Flavoring Agents* / microbiology
Food Labeling*
Food Microbiology / standards
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Lactobacillus / isolation & purification
Middle Aged
Predictive Value of Tests
Research Design
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Flavoring Agents

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