An overview of the functionality of exopolysaccharides produced by lactic acid bacteria

Summary Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) that produce exopolysaccharides (EPSs) play an important role in the dairy industry because of their contribution to the consistency and rheology of fermented milk products. The EPS polymers can be considered as natural biothickeners because they are produced in situ (within the culture medium) by the LAB-starters that have General Recognised As Safe status (GRAS). The physico-chemical properties of EPSs determine their viscosifying efficiency. Hence, the knowledge of the structure–function relationship of these biopolymers is crucial in order to choose or design polymers for a … Continue reading An overview of the functionality of exopolysaccharides produced by lactic acid bacteria