Phospholipid Technology and Applications

1st Edition

Editors: F. D. Gunstone
Print ISBN: 9780955251221
eBook ISBN: 9780857097880
Imprint: Oily Press
Published Date: 1st April 2008
Page Count: 214

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Phospholipid technology and applications is an essential reference for technologists developing food and cosmetics products, scientists researching phospholipids in biological and food systems, technologists in fats and oils refining, and scientists developing drugs and drug delivery systems and carriers.

The major source of phospholipids is the lecithin recovered during degumming of vegetable oils, particularly soybean oil. This crude material finds uses in its own right but can be purified through a series of processes which eventually lead to individual phospholipid classes such as phosphatidylcholines.

It is widely accepted that oil and water do not mix but there are several areas in science and technology where these two distinct phases must coexist in stable emulsions. This is achieved by admixture of amphiphilic molecules of which the phospholipids are important natural examples. Today, phospholipids find many uses in the food industry and in other industries which exploit the amphiphilic nature of these compounds. Further, there are now important procedures by which their amphiphilicity can be optimized for different uses.

The early chapters in this book are devoted to the more common glycerol-based phospholipids and cover their structure, source, composition, modification by chemical and enzymatic methods, their physical, chemical, and nutritional properties, and their major uses. The final chapter is devoted to another kind of phospholipid, the sphingolipids, in which there is a growing interest.


Technologists developing food and cosmetics products and in fats and oils refining; Scientists researching phospholipids in biological and food systems and scientists developing drugs and drug delivery systems and carriers

Table of Contents

Chemical structure and biological function; Major sources, composition and processing; Enzymatic modification of phospholipids and related polar lipids; Uses of phospholipids as functional ingredients; Physical properties of phospholipids; Chemical modification; Clinical and nutritional properties of phospholipids; Sphingolipids.


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About the Editor

F. D. Gunstone

Frank D. Gunstone, Scottish Crop Research Institute, Dundee, Scotland.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of St Andrews, UK


...highly recommended for technologists in the food industry, for students, technicians, and scientists working with phospholipids or other surfactants in food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic applications. It is also important for biochemists and biologists with an interest in biomembranes and phospholipids in human health and functional foods., Food in New Zealand
Clearly, the authors have invested a substantial amount of effort and time to make this book a very valuable source on lecithin. Well done., Inform