Chapter 6

Rheology of Recent Vegetal-Based Biopolymers

Laura Patricia Martínez-Padilla


In this chapter, the rheology of polysaccharides extracted from cactus and agave plants is summarized. These vegetal sources of polysaccharides (Opuntia mucilage, Opuntia pectin, and agave fructans) were selected for their functional properties (thickening, gelling, or emulsifying) and their bioactive role in the the prevention and/or treatment of disease. The source, production, extraction processes, structure, and functional properties (related to conformation) of these polysaccharides are briefly described before the rheology of these biopolymers is discussed, and recommended uses are suggested.

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