How important is the relationship between protein structure and the food we eat?
- Protein structure influences food texture. It can make a food smooth and creamy or crisp and crunchy.
- Protein structure helps determine digestibility. Proteins with looser structures are more readily hydrolyzed into amino acids for easier digestion.
- Protein structure is a factor in whether foods such as peanuts and shellfish cause an allergic reaction.
- Protein structure can make our foods elegant and appetizing.