Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Fishery, Domestic Science, Nutrition
Process Engineering, Biotechnology, Nutrition Technology
: The application of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) as a functional ingredient has been limited due to the high cost of purification and its water-insoluble nature. In this study, high-purity CLA was obtained from safflower oil and a hydrophilic form of CLA was produced by complexation with arginine (Arg). CLA was prepared by alkali-isomerization and purified up to 95% using urea-inclusion crystallization. Total purified CLA comprised 41% and 50% of cis-9, trans-11 and trans-10, cis-12 isomers, respectively, with 35% recovery. Arg was attached to the carboxyl end of CLA. Optimum weight ratio of CLA to Arg was 1.7 and yield was 91%. Arg-CLA complex could expand the scope of CLA application in various food industries.
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