Heat-expanded Food Products
This invention relates to heat-expanded synthetic cheese products, heat-expandable precursors for forming same, the preparation of the precursor and the cheese products, and the use of a sugar alcohol for improving the organoleptic properties and/or the volume expansion % of the heat-expandable precursors and/or heat-expanded synthetic cheese products. The invention provides a heat-expanded synthetic cheese product, comprising: -from about 20% to about 59% by weight of a milk protein or a source thereof; from about 10% to about 50% by weight of a starch; from about 2% to about 24% by weight of a sugar alcohol; from about 3% to about 15% by weight of water; wherein the heat-expanded synthetic cheese product comprises no more than 10% by weight of fat, the percentages being percentages by weight of the total product, and wherein the heat-expanded synthetic cheese product is a microwave-expanded synthetic cheese product or a radiofrequency (RP)-expanded synthetic cheese product.
O'RIORDAN DOLORES [IE]; O'SULLIVAN MICHAEL [IE]; LYNG JAMES [IE]; DUGGAN ELAINE [IE]
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