Food Processing & Technology
Research Article
Volume 3 Issue 1 - 2016
Effect of Extrusion Conditions on Cassava/Soybean Extrudates
Abioye Adekanmi Olusegun1*, Ajala Adeladun Stephen1, Bolarinwa Islamiyat Folasade1 and Duduyemi Oladejo2
1Department of Food Science and Engineering, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria
2Department of Chemical Engineering, Lagos State University, Nigeria
Received: July 19, 2016 | Published: September 13, 2016
*Corresponding author: Abioye, Adekanmi Olusegun, Department of Food Science and Engineering, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, P.M.B. 4000, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Nigeria, Tel: +2348080589890; Email:
Citation: Abioye AO, Ajala AS, Bolarinwa IF, Duduyemi O (2016) Effect of Extrusion Conditions on Cassava/Soybean Extrudates. MOJ Food Process Technol 3(1): 00062. DOI: 10.15406/mojfpt.2016.03.00062


Extrusion has been an effective technique in food process industry for production of convenience foods of diverse attributes due to its high productivity rate, very high energy efficiency, no effluents generation, e.t.c.

 In the present work, the effects of extrusion parameters such as feed moisture (FM), amount of soybean (AS) and barrel temperature (BT) on water absorption index (WAI), water solubility index (WSI), trypsin inhibitors reduction (TIR) and SEC of cassava and soybean blends were investigated using a locally developed simple single screw extruder. A Box-Benkhen design of response surface methodology was used with the three input variables: FM (16%, 20% and 24%), AS (10, 20 and 30 g soybean/ 100g flour) and BT (120, 145 and 170 °C). The experimental values of response variables WAI, WSI, TIR and SEC measured ranged from 2.43 to 3.56 g gel/g dry sample, 0.330 to 0.447 g solid/100g sample, 62.71 to 96.21 % and 2.57 to 4.24, respectively. Regression equations describing the effect of each variable on the product responses were obtained. The product responses were most affected linearly (p<0.01) by changes in BT and to a lesser extent by FM and AS (p<0.1). A second-order polynomials obtained to predict the response variables were all significant (p<0.01) with high correlation coefficients (R2) between 0.895 and 0.937 showing that the model can be used to navigate the design space. In the present study, best extrudate was obtained when the FM, AS and BT were 16 g water/100g, 20 g soyabean/100g flour and 170 °C, respectively.

Keywords: Snacks; Extrusion; Water absorption and solubility indices; Trypsin inhibitors reduction; Sensory evaluation of crispness


There is always a challenge in the food process industry to develop convenience foods such as snacks, direct-expanded (puffed) and breakfast cereals of high nutritional value that will adequately meet the needs of the populace in developing countries using locally available food ingredients [1] due to their snacking habits [2]. The most widely consumed extruded snacks are made primarily from starchy food crops such as cereals and roots and tubers due to their good expansion characteristics [3-6]. Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) and its derivatives have been the base-materials for various forms of staple and snack foods in many African countries being good sources of energy [7]. They contribute an important part of many consumers’ daily caloric intake [8]. However, they tend to be low in protein and many other nutrients and there is an increasing consumer demand for more nutritious snacks [9]. Cassava is an important crop in Nigeria, where in the last few years many industries of cassava flour have been installed and the use of this ingredient in manufactured food is expanding.

Soybean (Glycine max L. Merill) protein content is high both in quality and quantity similar to the levels in meat [10] which represents an advantage of this legume compared to others [11]. Therefore, a lower degree of substitution of soybean in cassava flour will be needed to increase the nutritional contribution of expanded snacks from such blends without affecting consumer acceptance adversely.

Extrusion cooking can be described as a process whereby moistened biopolymers are mixed, worked and cooked into viscous, plastic-like dough through the action of flights on Archimedes’ screw rotating in a tightly fitting cylindrical barrel and forced through a specially designed opening called die that gives it a definite shape [12,13].        It is a continuous, high temperature, short time (HTST) process which has become a popular and economical process for formulating new cereal and legume [14,15] and roots and tubers [16] food blends to produce highly expanded, low-density products with unique textural properties i.e. crispiness, crunchiness e.t.c. [17].

Extruders thermo-mechanically cook food ingredients due to high temperature, pressure and shear stress which are generated in the screw-barrel assembly. Therefore, during extrusion cooking, the raw materials undergo many chemical and structural transformations that lead to varieties of unique products. The chemical changes that occur include conversion (gelatinization) of starch, denaturation and cross-linking of proteins, complex transformation of lipids, the stretching or restructuring of tractile components and degradation of vitamins and anti-nutritional factors in legumes, colour development and other changes [15,18,19].

The water absorption and solubility indices respectively measure the extent of gelatinization (amount of damaged starch) and the volume occupied by the extrudate starch after swelling in excess water, which maintains the integrity of starch in aqueous dispersion [20]. The WSI often is used as an indicator of degradation of molecular components [21], measures the degree of starch conversion during extrusion which is the amount of soluble polysaccharide released from the starch component after extrusion. Binoy et al. [22] reported that WSI increased with severity of cooking. Extrusion process has also been an effective technique to improve the digestibility and remove the anti-nutrients at the same time [23]. In addition to significantly increased apparent digestibility coefficients of crude protein, extrusion has effectively suppressed the activities of antinutritional factors especially trypsin inhibitors in full-fat soybeans for rainbow trout [24,25].

Extrusion cooking being a multivariate process demands close control of many input variables such as feed moisture, feed composition, feed particle size, feed rate, barrel temperature, screw speed, screw configuration, and die geometry. These material and process variables determine the extent of macromolecular transformations during extrusion, which in turn ultimately influence the rheological properties of the food melt in the extruder and, consequently, the physical, functional and sensory characteristics of extrudates. The characteristic texture is critical [26] and is important in affecting consumer acceptance [27]. In order to better understand the effect of extrusion process on the characteristics of products and to obtain various extrudate with ideal structure and texture. It is therefore important to research the correlation between process and/or ingredient parameters and product properties. When many factors and interactions affect desired responses, the technique called response surface methodology (RSM) becomes one very effective tool for optimizing the process [28]. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of extrusion conditions such as FM, AS and BT on the some extrudate properties of cassava and soybean blends.

Materials and Methods


A year old sweet local variety of cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) roots popularly known as Okoyawo among the local farmers and processors in Ogbomoso, Nigeria and its environs and soybean were sourced from the Teaching and Research Farms of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Nigeria and processed into flour as described by Badrie & Mellowes [29]. Whole soybean seeds were dried in an air convective cabinet drier at 50 oC until a moisture content of 7 % (w.b.) was reached. The dried beans were cracked between plates of attrition mill to separate the cotyledons and hulls which were then willowed off to remove the hulls. The clean cotyledons were thereafter milled and made to pass through 1 mm British standard sieve. The resulting soybean flour was defatted to 8.15 % final fat content from its original fat content of 18.35 % using hexane solvent. The partially defatted flour was dried in the oven at 50 oC for 24 h to dissolventise the residual hexane. Both the cassava and partially defatted soybean flours (CF and PDSF) were milled in a plate attrition mill to break up the clumps and made to pass through a 500 mm British standard sieve and packed separately in high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bags and kept under refrigeration in a freezer until further use. All chemicals used were of analytical grade.

Chemical composition of raw ingredients

The chemical composition of the CF and PDSF were analyzed for moisture, crude protein (N × 6.25), total fat, crude fiber and ash content using AOAC [30] standard methods 925.10, 920.87, 920.39, 925.08 and 923.03 respectively. Carbohydrate content was determined by difference 100 - (% moisture + % protein + % fat + % ash). Atwater energy conversion factors 17 kJ/g (4 kcal/g), 37 kJ/g (9 kcal/g) and 17 kJ/g (4 kcal/g) were used to calculate the energy contribution of protein, fat and carbohydrate, respectively [30]. Chemical composition of raw material is shown in Table 1.







Crude fat



Crude protein (N x 6.25)



Crude fibre






Carbohydrates(by difference)



Energy (kcal/g) (Atwater factor)



Table 1: Chemical composition of raw materials (g/100g)*.

*Means within a row with the same superscript letter are not significantly different (p< 0.05).
All values are means of triplicate determinations ± standard deviations.

Extrusion process

All blends were extruded in a 32 mm diameter, single screw laboratory extruder (LAUTECH, Ogbomoso). The screw was of increasing root diameter with a 2.2:1 screw compression ratio and L/D ratio 15:1. The die diameter was 5.0 mm, with a land length of 10.0 mm (Table 2). The inside of the barrel was grooved to ensure zero slip at the wall. The barrel was divided into four zones namely, feeding, compression, metering and pre-die sections. The feed end was cooled by water through a water jacketed cooling system to maintain the temperature below 65 oC while the compression section was neither cooled nor heated and the metering section was electrically heated without cooling to pre-determined temperatures according to experimental design (Table 3) using a thermostatic temperature control system. A vertical screw dispenser fed the extruder from the hopper at a volumetric flowrate of approximately 250 cm3/min. The independent variables in the experiments were FM of 16, 20 and 24 % (wb), AS of 10, 20 and 30 g /100 g flour and BT i.e. temperature at the metering section of (120, 145, 170 °C), respectively (Table 3). CF and PDSF were mixed adjusted to predetermined moisture content levels by addition of calculated amount of water that was sprayed and admixed manually into each sample w/w according to the experimental design (Table 3). Thereafter, each of the samples was sealed in HDPE bag and kept in refrigerator for 24 hours for equilibration and later brought out to room temperature for at least another 24 hours for the sample to attain room temperature. The moisture content of the blends was ascertained before extrusion by drying the samples to a constant weight in an air-convection oven at 105 oC [30]. All experiments were performed at screw speed of 150 rpm. Table 4 presents all the experimental runs of extrusion. Extrudates were cooled and dried at 50 °C for 2 days, packed in HDPE bags and stored in a refrigerator at 4°C until further analysis.



Length of the barrel (L), mm


Length of the feed section, mm


Length of the compression section, mm


Length of the metering section, mm


Outer diameter of the barrel (D), mm


Inner diameter of the barrel (db), mm


Diameter of the screw(Ds), mm


Root diameter of the screw at the beginning

of compression section (df), mm


Clearance between screw and barrel (d), mm


Root diameter of the screw at the end

of compression section (dm), mm


Flight height in the feed section (Hf), mm


Flight height in the metering section, mm


Compression ratio (C.R.)


Die diameter, mm


Shear rate, s-1


Screw speed, rpm

0 - 200

Channel width length (W), mm


Helix angle (θ), o


Theoretical mass flowrate, kg/hr


Specific mechanical energy,


Table 2: Specifications of the developed extruder.

Experimental design and statistical analysis

The effect of FM, AS and BT on some system parameters of the extrusion cooking of cassava and soybean blends was investigated using a Box Behnken design [31]. The resulting experimental design included a total of 17 treatments with three levels of each factor with five replicates at the centre point to minimize the errors. Table 3 shows the levels of FM (x1), AS (x2) and BT (x3) used in the experiments. From each experimental run WAI, WSI, TIR and SEC were determined as the response variables (Table 3 & 4). Finally, a second-order polynomial regression analysis was conducted using the Design Expert 6.0 (State-Ease Inc., Minneapolis, MN, USA) to relate each response with the input variables by using the following response surface model with main, interaction, and quadratic terms:

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Process Variable








Feed moisture (g water/100g)






Amount of soybean (g soya/100g)






Barrel temperature (oC)






Table 3: Process variables and their levels.

Assay No.

Independent Variables

Dependent Variables

FM (x1)

AS (x2)

BT (x3)













































































































































Table 4: Effects of extrusion conditions on functional and sensory characteristics extrudatesa.

aBox and Behnken with three levels and three factors, 17 experiments; All values are means of triplicate determinations
bDoes not necessarily correspond to the order of experiment.
cFM, feed moisture (g water/100g); AS, amount of soybean (g soyabean/100g); BT = barrel temperature (oC).Values in parentheses are the coded levels.
dYWAI, water absorption index (g gel/g dry sample); YWSI, water solubility index (g solids/ 100g original solids); YTIR, trypsin inhibitor reduction (%); YSEC, sensory evaluation of crispness

Applying a stepwise regression procedure, non-significant (p ³ 0.1) terms were deleted from the second-order polynomial and a new polynomial was recalculated to obtain a predictive model for each response variable [28]. The statistical analysis system software Design Expert version 6.0.2 was used in the analysis and evaluation. The appropriateness of the model was checked using the following three methods; calculation of the coefficient of determination (R2 value): the higher the value obtained (with a maximum of 1), the higher the fraction of variation in the response variable “explained” by the quadratic surface, a test of lack of fit: the “pure error” from the centre points was compared with the lack of fit by an F-test (significance of the test means a badly fitting model) and calculation of residuals from the regression analysis: badly fitting parts of the experimental region were reported.

Determination of extrudate properties

Water absorption index: WAI of extrudate was determined by the method of Park et al. [32]. Extrudate samples were ground and sieved through a 500 µm sieve. Distilled water (10 ml) at 25 °C was placed in a tared centrifuge tube and 0.5 g of the extrudate was dispersed in the water. Care was taken to avoid lumping in order to produce a smooth dispersion. After standing for 30 min (with intermittent shaking every 5 min), the sample was centrifuged (2000 Roto Silenta II, Hettich, Tuttlingen, Germany) at 1800 x g for 15 min. WAI was calculated in accordance with equation 2:

WAI(%)= Weight gain of gel Dry weight of extrudate ×100 MathType@MTEF@5@5@+= feaagKart1ev2aaatCvAUfeBSjuyZL2yd9gzLbvyNv2CaerbuLwBLn hiov2DGi1BTfMBaeXatLxBI9gBaerbd9wDYLwzYbItLDharqqtubsr 4rNCHbGeaGqiVCI8FfYJH8YrFfeuY=Hhbbf9v8qqaqFr0xc9pk0xbb a9q8WqFfeaY=biLkVcLq=JHqpepeea0=as0Fb9pgeaYRXxe9vr0=vr 0=vqpWqaaeaabiGaciaacaqabeaadaqaaqaaaOqaaKqbakaadEfaca WGbbGaamysaiaacIcacaGGLaGaaiykaiabg2da9maalaaabaGaae4v aiaabwgacaqGPbGaae4zaiaabIgacaqG0bGaaeiiaiaabEgacaqGHb GaaeyAaiaab6gacaqGGaGaae4BaiaabAgacaqGGaGaae4zaiaabwga caqGSbaabaGaaeiraiaabkhacaqG5bGaaeiiaiaabEhacaqGLbGaae yAaiaabEgacaqGObGaaeiDaiaabccacaqGVbGaaeOzaiaabccacaqG LbGaaeiEaiaabshacaqGYbGaaeyDaiaabsgacaqGHbGaaeiDaiaabw gaaaGaey41aqRaaGymaiaaicdacaaIWaaaaa@6478@

Water solubility index: WSI of extrudate was determined by the method of Park et al. [32]. The extrudate samples were ground and sieved through 500 µm sieve. Distilled water (10 ml) at 25 °C was placed in a tared centrifuge tube and 0.5 g of extrudate was dispersed in the water. Care was taken to avoid lumping in order to produce a smooth dispersion. After standing for 30 min (with intermittent shaking every 5 min), the sample was centrifuged (2000 Roto Silenta II, Hettich, Tuttlingen, Germany) at 1800 x g for 15 min. The supernatant was decanted into a tared aluminum pan and dried at 105 °C until constant weight. The weight of the gel remaining in the centrifuge tube was noted and WSI calculated In accordance with equation 3:

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Trypsin inhibitors: A sample of 1 g each feed formulated ingredients and extrudates were added to 5 ml deionized water, stirred at 4 °C overnight and centrifuged at 1500 × g at 4 °C for 30 min. The supernatant was dialyzed on a 2 kDa MWCO at 4 °C for 20 h. The Schwertz & Takenaka [33] method was used to determine trypsin inhibitor in the supernant, and the values were expressed in trpsin inhibitor units (TIU) per 100 g dry matter. The percentage of TIR during extrusion cooking was calculated from the ratio between TIA before and after extrusion.

Sensory evaluation of crispness: The method of Land & Shepherd [34] as reported by Chavez-Jauregui et al. [35] was adopted for the SEC of the snack product; ballots containing an unstructured modified scale, 10.0 cm long was used. The panel consisted of 15 untrained persons recruited from among the students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso. However, they were selected based on the administration of a screening question on their experience in accessing a popular local snack food. The crispness acceptability score was defined as the distance from the origin of the mark assigned on the scale by the panelist, relative to the end point on the scale, which was assigned as the acceptability score of a reference product (a commercial brand of snack). The samples were presented in a random sequence as pieces (4 cm in length) in 3-digit coded dishes. Every panelist assessed the reference, coded with the letter P, and was asked to indicate the crispness acceptability of the samples relative to the reference of the score on the ballot.

The evaluation was conducted in a climate-controlled sensory evaluation laboratory equipped with separately partitioned booths. The panelists cleansed their palate between samples with water. The samples were served at room temperature (28 ± 1°C) through a window and analysis was performed under normal lighting conditions. The panelists were asked to score each attribute from 0.01cm (low) to 10.00cm (high) for sample. Four samples were served at one session. Results were consistent among the panelists and were reproducible in different sessions.

Results and Discussion

Water absorption index, YWAI

The WAI give insight to the extent of gelatinization of starch in the feed ingredient generally by measuring the amount of water absorbed by starch granules after swelling in excess of water originally present in the product [36]. WAI depends on the availability of hydrophilic groups which bind water molecules and the gel-forming capacity of the macromolecules involved [37]. Dispersion is observed to increase in proportion to the degree of starch damage due to gelatinization and extrusion-induced fragmentation, that is, molecular weight reduction of amylose and amylopectin molecules [38]. The effect of input (independent) variables such as FM, AS and BT on WAI of the extrudates are as presented in Table 4.

Analysis of variance showed that WAI was significantly dependent on the positive linear term of BT and the quadratic terms of AS and BT (p < 0.1). No interaction of all the variables affected the response (p ³ 0.10). It was observed on response surface plots (Figure 1) that there was significant quadratic effect of AS and BT on WAI resulting in a curved surface. The resulting polynomial after removal of the non-significant (p ³ 0.1) terms using coded variables resulted in equation 4:

Y WAI =2.66+0.31 x 3 +0.14 x 2 2 +0.16 x 3 2 MathType@MTEF@5@5@+= feaagKart1ev2aaatCvAUfeBSjuyZL2yd9gzLbvyNv2CaerbuLwBLn hiov2DGi1BTfMBaeXatLxBI9gBaerbd9wDYLwzYbItLDharqqtubsr 4rNCHbGeaGqiVCI8FfYJH8YrFfeuY=Hhbbf9v8qqaqFr0xc9pk0xbb a9q8WqFfeaY=biLkVcLq=JHqpepeea0=as0Fb9pgeaYRXxe9vr0=vr 0=vqpWqaaeaabiGaciaacaqabeaadaqaaqaaaOqaaKqbakaadMfada WgaaqcfasaaiaadEfacaWGbbGaamysaaqabaqcfaOaeyypa0JaaGOm aiaac6cacaaI2aGaaGOnaiabgUcaRiaaicdacaGGUaGaaG4maiaaig dacaWG4bWaaSbaaKqbGeaacaaIZaaabeaajuaGcqGHRaWkcaaIWaGa aiOlaiaaigdacaaI0aGaamiEamaaDaaajuaibaGaaGOmaaqaaiaaik daaaqcfaOaey4kaSIaaGimaiaac6cacaaIXaGaaGOnaiaadIhadaqh aaqcfasaaiaaiodaaeaacaaIYaaaaaaa@529E@

The regression model was significant (p < 0.05). Moreover, the model did not show significant lack-of-fit (p > 0.05) relative to the pure error and a good correlation with the actual measurements as shown in Figure 5 with corelation coefficient of 0.895, suggesting that the second-order polynomial model correlated experimental WAI results well which varied from 2.11 to 3.56 (g/g) as shown in Table 4. Therefore, the model can be used to navigate the design space.

As the concentration of AS and BT increased, WAI continuously increased at all levels of FM (Figure 1). Protein denaturation, starch gelatinization and swelling of fiber, which took place during extrusion, could all Table 5: Regression coefficients and analyses of variance of second-order polynomial models showing relationships among product characteristics and input variables be responsible for the increased WAI of extruded products. Another school of thought suggested that low WAI at low temperature indicated restricted water availability to the starch granules due to their more compact structure [39]. However, when the temperature increased, amylose and amylopectin separated, forming an expandable matrix which resulted in a higher water-holding ability that agreed well with reported data in the literature [40].




























































Test for model adequacy






p-value for model





p- value for model lack-of-fit





Table 5: Regression coefficients and analyses of variance of second-order polynomial models showing relationships among product characteristics and input variables.

*Significant at p < 0.1 level; **significant at p < 0.05 level; ***significant at p < 0.01 level.
+Not significant.

It is also evident on the response surface curves (Figure 1) that WAI increased marginally (p ³ 0.1) with FM at all levels of AS and BT tested in the experiments. This observation appears to contradict the behavior of WAI and suggests that at high FM, starch granules become less susceptible to rupture because the water tends to act as a lubricant resulting in decreased levels of gelatinization and dextrinization [41,42]. However, the general trend of results from this study has been reported by other investigators which suggested that WAI for cassava and jatoba flour extrudates containing very high levels of starch and fiber contents showed the opposite behavior, i.e. increasing pattern of WAI with increase in moisture content [39].

Figure 1: Response surface for the effect of input variables and their interactions on WAI of extrudates.

Water solubility index, YWSI

The WSI determines the amount of soluble polysaccharide released from the starch granules after addition of excess water and is often used as an index of degradation of molecular components which is related to dextrinization [36,42,43]. The regression analysis performed in Table 5 indicated that AS and BT had positive linear effects on WSI (p<0.05) followed by the quadratic effects of FM and BT (p < 0.05). The response surface plots in Figure 2 indicated that WSI increased with increasing AS and BT. The resulting polynomial after removal of non-significant (p ³ 0.1) terms resulted in equation 5.

Figure 2: Response surface for the effect of input variables and their interactions on WSI of extrudates.

Y WSI =0.360.001 x 1 +0.024 x 2 +0.031 x 3 +0.02 x 1 2 +0.021 x 3 2 MathType@MTEF@5@5@+= feaagKart1ev2aaatCvAUfeBSjuyZL2yd9gzLbvyNv2CaerbuLwBLn hiov2DGi1BTfMBaeXatLxBI9gBaerbd9wDYLwzYbItLDharqqtubsr 4rNCHbGeaGqiVCI8FfYJH8YrFfeuY=Hhbbf9v8qqaqFr0xc9pk0xbb a9q8WqFfeaY=biLkVcLq=JHqpepeea0=as0Fb9pgeaYRXxe9vr0=vr 0=vqpWqaaeaabiGaciaacaqabeaadaqaaqaaaOqaaKqbakaadMfalm aaBaaajuaibaqcLbmacaWGxbGaam4uaiaadMeaaKqbagqaaiabg2da 9iaaicdacaGGUaGaaG4maiaaiAdacqGHsislcaaIWaGaaiOlaiaaic dacaaIWaGaaGymaiaadIhalmaaBaaajuaibaqcLbmacaaIXaaajuai beaajuaGcqGHRaWkcaaIWaGaaiOlaiaaicdacaaIYaGaaGinaiaadI hadaWgaaqcfasaaiaaikdaaeqaaKqbakabgUcaRiaaicdacaGGUaGa aGimaiaaiodacaaIXaGaamiEamaaBaaajuaibaGaaG4maaqabaqcfa Oaey4kaSIaaGimaiaac6cacaaIWaGaaGOmaiaadIhadaqhaaqcfasa aiaaigdaaeaacaaIYaaaaKqbakabgUcaRiaaicdacaGGUaGaaGimai aaikdacaaIXaGaamiEamaaDaaajuaibaGaaG4maaqaaiaaikdaaaaa aa@64EC@

Table 5 shows that the regression model for WSI was highly significant (p < 0.01). Although, the model did show a significant lack-of-fit (p < 0.05), however, Figure 5 shows good relationship between the actual and predicted model with reasonable high R2 = 0.908. Therefore, the model can be used to navigate the design space.

Rising temperature increased the severity of thermal treatment in the extruder, which consequently raised WSI (Figure 2). Ralet et al. [44] reported that wheat bran increased its water uptake after extrusion. This could be as a result of the disruption of covalent or non-covalent bonds in the carbohydrate and protein moieties, leading to smaller, more soluble molecular fragments [45,46]. These observations confirm similar findings reported for starch-based extrudates obtained either using single or twin screw extrusion [47,48]. Dextrinization is well known as the predominant mechanism of starch degradation during low moisture extrusion [37]. Therefore, the decreasing trend of WSI with FM was expected and in agreement with previous reports [43,49].

Trypsin inhibitors reduction, YTIR

Regression analysis of results of Table 5 from the study showed that FM and BT had positive linear effects (p < 0.1 and p < 0.05), while the AS had negative linear effects (p < 0.1) on TIR followed by the quadratic effects (p < 0.1) of FM and BT and an interaction effect (p < 0.05) of FM and BT as the most significant influence. It was observed on the response surface plots of Figure 3 that increased moisture and temperature induced a dramatic decrease of TIR at different levels of the AS tested. The recorded coefficient of determination (R2) was 0.900 and the polynomial for this variable resulted in equation 6:

Y TIR =71.62+2.74 x 1 3.77 x 2 +7.77 x 3 +5.25 x 1 x 3 +4.49 x 1 2 +5.46 x 3 2 MathType@MTEF@5@5@+= feaagKart1ev2aaatCvAUfeBSjuyZL2yd9gzLbvyNv2CaerbuLwBLn hiov2DGi1BTfMBaeXatLxBI9gBaerbd9wDYLwzYbItLDharqqtubsr 4rNCHbGeaGqiVCI8FfYJH8YrFfeuY=Hhbbf9v8qqaqFr0xc9pk0xbb a9q8WqFfeaY=biLkVcLq=JHqpepeea0=as0Fb9pgeaYRXxe9vr0=vr 0=vqpWqaaeaabiGaciaacaqabeaadaqaaqaaaOqaaKqbakaadMfada WgaaqcfasaaiaadsfacaWGjbGaamOuaaqcfayabaGaeyypa0JaaG4n aiaaigdacaGGUaGaaGOnaiaaikdacqGHRaWkcaaIYaGaaiOlaiaaiE dacaaI0aGaamiEamaaDaaajuaibaGaaGymaaqaaaaajuaGcqGHsisl caaIZaGaaiOlaiaaiEdacaaI3aGaamiEamaaBaaajuaibaGaaGOmaa qabaqcfaOaey4kaSIaaG4naiaac6cacaaI3aGaaG4naiaadIhadaWg aaqcfasaaiaaiodaaeqaaKqbakabgUcaRiaaiwdacaGGUaGaaGOmai aaiwdacaWG4bWaa0baaKqbGeaacaaIXaaabaaaaKqbakaadIhadaWg aaqcfasaaiaaiodaaKqbagqaaiabgUcaRiaaisdacaGGUaGaaGinai aaiMdacaWG4bWaa0baaKqbGeaacaaIXaaabaGaaGOmaaaajuaGcqGH RaWkcaaI1aGaaiOlaiaaisdacaaI2aGaamiEamaaDaaajuaibaGaaG 4maaqaaiaaikdaaaaaaa@6960@

Low anti-trypsin activity was recorded for extrudates under all experimental conditions, which indicated that high temperature and high mechanical stress developed during extrusion processing inactivated substances responsible for these factors. Reported reduction values after the extrusion of beans [50,51] have usually been 95%, at extrusion temperature range of 120 - 150°C, which was also achieved in the extruder, though at higher temperature. Temperatures recorded in these experiments reached 170°C, which was a more severe process and destroyed the trypsin inhibitors to the expected level. According to Harper [52], a reduction of 70% or more in antitrypsin activity in beans was indicative of nutritive quality.

The nutritional quality of legumes and legume-based blends are often constrained and limited by the presence of anti-nutritional factors that hamper either nutrient digestion or its utilization. The reduction or inactivation of these factors by means of processing technology requires knowledge of the type, distribution, chemical reactivity and thermal sensitivity of the anti-nutritional factors [53]. Despite the high thermal stability of trypsin inhibitors, the combination of high heat and high humidity in the extrusion process considerably reduced their inhibitory activity in the SCEs (62.71 - 96.21%; Table 4.10). These results confirm those found by Alonso, Aguirre & Marzo [54], Anton Fulcher & Arntfield [6]. Values of residual trypsin inhibitors were lower than those found by Toledo et al. [55] in soybean seeds after irradiation. Haddad & Allaf [56] also recorded higher trypsin inhibitor values in raw soybean seeds as El-Hady & Habiba [23] in unsoaked and soaked common bean, and Genovese & Lajolo [57] in soybean products.

Sensory evaluation of crispness

The multiple regression analysis performed for SEC in this study showed significant (p<0.05) linear effects of all independent variables with the exception of the AS, which recorded the least significance (p<0.1) (Table 5). The coefficient of determination (R2) was 0.937 and the polynomial fitted for this variable resulted in equation 4.8:

Y SEC =3.370.32 x 1 +0.12 x 2 0.55 x 3 MathType@MTEF@5@5@+= feaagKart1ev2aaatCvAUfeBSjuyZL2yd9gzLbvyNv2CaerbuLwBLn hiov2DGi1BTfMBaeXatLxBI9gBaerbd9wDYLwzYbItLDharqqtubsr 4rNCHbGeaGqiVCI8FfYJH8YrFfeuY=Hhbbf9v8qqaqFr0xc9pk0xbb a9q8WqFfeaY=biLkVcLq=JHqpepeea0=as0Fb9pgeaYRXxe9vr0=vr 0=vqpWqaaeaabiGaciaacaqabeaadaqaaqaaaOqaaKqbakaadMfalm aaBaaajuaibaqcLbmacaWGtbGaamyraiaadoeaaKqbagqaaiabg2da 9iaaiodacaGGUaGaaG4maiaaiEdacqGHsislcaaIWaGaaiOlaiaaio dacaaIYaGaamiEaSWaaSbaaKqbGeaajugWaiaaigdaaKqbGeqaaKqb akabgUcaRiaaicdacaGGUaGaaGymaiaaikdacaWG4bWcdaWgaaqcfa saaKqzadGaaGOmaaqcfasabaqcfaOaeyOeI0IaaGimaiaac6cacaaI 1aGaaGynaiaadIhalmaaBaaajuaibaqcLbmacaaIZaaajuaibeaaaa a@56A1@

Response surface curves generated from this polynomial are presented in Figure 4. The regression model for SEC was highly significant (p < 0.05) indicating that the second-order polynomial model correlated well with the recorded data. Therefore, the model can be used to navigate the design space, though with a reasonable significant lack of fit (p < 0.05).The maximum SEC of the CSEs was recorded at 16% (wb) of FM, 20% AS and 170 °C BT (assay number 7, Table 4.8), at which maximum scores were assigned by panelists, indicating higher acceptance of the texture when compared to the standard. These conditions are hence recommended for the production of snacks from a combination of CF and PDSF.

Figure 3: Response surface for the effect of input variables and their interactions on TIR.
Figure 4: Response surface for the effect of input variables and their interactions on sensory acceptability of texture.
Figure 5: Response surface for the effect of input variables and their interactions on sensory acceptability of texture.


Change of extrusion conditions, FM, AS and BT, affected the characteristics of the cassava-based snack. The extrudates that exhibited high WAI and WSI, TIR and SEC which are generally the required characteristics of extruded snacks which were obtained at low feed moisture (16 %), high barrel temperature (170 °C) and average level of PDSF (20 %). It was demonstrated that, by properly selecting extrusion processing conditions and ingredient composition, cassava and soybean flour blends will produce nutritious snack products that have desirable functional and fairly good texture (crispness) attributes.


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