Effect of microcrystalline cellulose under different hydrolysis durations on the stability of thyme oil emulsion

J Food Sci. 2022 May 1. doi: 10.1111/1750-3841.16154. Online ahead of print.


The thyme oil emulsion was prepared using a novel type of nanocellulose obtained under different hydrolysis durations. The effect of different cellulose structures on interfacial adsorption properties of emulsion and loading efficiency of thyme oil were analyzed. The results showed that the cellulose particles became more homogeneous and hydrophilic after hydrolysis duration for 10 h. The loading efficiency of thyme oil for all emulsions reached about 80%. The retention rate of thyme oil decreased during the storage period, and rising temperatures will exacerbate the loss of thyme oil. Compared to Hd2, emulsions stabilized by Hd10 exhibited better stability and higher retention at all storage conditions. Cellulose emulsion can increase the dispersion and improve the stability of thyme oil. A smaller cellulose particle could make the emulsion become more stable. The experimental results confirmed that cellulose can be used as a stabilizer to encapsulate and transport hydrophobic active ingredient. PRACTICAL APPLICATION: The study results demonstrated that the emulsion transport system was developed using cellulose nanoparticles prepared by hydrolysis. The system can be used to load hydrophobic active substances (active peptides, curcumin, β-carotene, essential oils, etc.). It can protect the active substance from environmental damage, enhance water solubility and stability, and improve the bioavailability of the active substance.

PMID:35490350 | DOI:10.1111/1750-3841.16154