Two hydrolysis methods used to obtain rapeseed isolate derivates were compared: chemical hydrolysis performed under alkaline conditions and pepsic proteolysis performed under acidic conditions. The mean molecular weights obtained for the hydrolysates varied from 26 to 2.5 kDa, depending on the level of hydrolysis. Further characterisation showed that, at the same level of hydrolysis, the chemical hydrolysates differed by their charges and hydrophobicity from those derived from enzymatic digestion. Analysis of the foaming properties showed, for both cases, that a limited degree of hydrolysis, around 3%, was sufficient to optimise the foaming properties of the isolate despite the different physicochemical properties of the peptides generated. The study of foaming properties at basic, neutral and acidic pHs showed that the hydrolysate solutions yielded dense foams which drained slowly and which maintained a very stable volume under the three pH conditions tested.
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