Biochemistry of Foods

3rd Edition

Authors: N.A. Eskin Fereidoon Shahidi
Paperback ISBN: 9780323281799
eBook ISBN: 9780080918099
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 8th October 2012
Page Count: 584
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This bestselling reference bridges the gap between the introductory and highly specialized books dealing with aspects of food biochemistry for undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and professionals in the fi elds of food science, horticulture, animal science, dairy science and cereal chemistry.

Now fully revised and updated, with contributing authors from around the world, the third edition of Biochemistry of Foods once again presents the most current science available. The first section addresses the biochemical changes involved in the development of raw foods such as cereals, legumes, fruits and vegetables, milk, and eggs. Section II reviews the processing of foods such as brewing, cheese and yogurt, oilseed processing as well as the role of non-enzymatic browning. Section III on spoilage includes a comprehensive review of enzymatic browning, lipid oxidation and milk off-flavors. The final section covers the new and rapidly expanding area of rDNA technologies. This book provides transitional coverage that moves the reader from concept to application.

Key Features

  • Features new chapters on rDNA technologies, legumes, eggs, oilseed processing and fat modification, and lipid oxidation
  • Offers expanded and updated material throughout, including valuable illustrations
  • Edited and authored by award-winning scientists


Undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and professionals in the fields of food science, horticulture, animal science, dairy science and cereal chemistry

Table of Contents



List of Contributors

Part I: Biochemical Changes in Raw Foods

Chapter 1. Cereals and Legumes

Part I: Cereals

II Cereal Grain Structure

III Cereal Grain Composition

IV Germination of Cereals

V Storage of Grains

Part II: Legumes

II Legume Seed Structure

III Legume Seed Composition

IV Effects of Germination

V Effects of Fermentation

VI Storage


Chapter 2. Fruits and Vegetables

I Introduction

II Respiration

III Initiation of Ripening

IV Biosynthesis of Ethylene

V Color Changes

VI Texture

VII Flavor

VIII Storage


Chapter 3. Meat and Fish

I Introduction

II The Nature of Muscle

III Contraction of Muscle

IV Conversion of Muscle to Meat and Edible Fish

V Meat Pigments


Chapter 4. Milk

I Introduction

II Composition of Milk

III Milk Constituents


Chapter 5. Egg Components in Food Systems

I Introduction

II Structure and Chemical Components of Eggs

III Biosynthesis of Eggs

IV Changes in Egg Components Induced by Food Processing


Part II: Biochemistry of Food Processing

Chapter 6. Browning Reactions in Foods

I Introduction

II Non-enzymatic Browning

III Pigment Formation

IV Heterocyclic Compounds

V Maillard Reaction–Lipid Interactions

VI Effect of Polyphenols on the Maillard Polymers

VII Melanoidin–Maillard Polymers

VIII Caramelization

IX Ascorbic Acid Oxidation

X Antioxidant Activity of Non-enzymatic Browning Products

XI Inhibition of Non-enzymatic Browning


Chapter 7. Biochemistry of Brewing

I Introduction


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About the Author

N.A. Eskin

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

Fereidoon Shahidi

Affiliations and Expertise

Dept. of Biochemistry, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland, A1B 3X9, Canada


"Eskin and Shahidi present an impressively comprehensive reference or teachable text on the biochemistry of food. It is written for those with advanced undergraduate or graduate background with organic and biochemistry."--Reference and Research Book News, December 2012