Whey is recognized as a valuable source of high quality protein and, when processed as protein concentrate, may be used in the production of biodegradable films. The objective of the study was to develop films of whey protein concentrate 80% (WPC) at concentrations of 6, 8, 10 and 12% and evaluate the influence of this factor in the barrier, mechanical and optical properties of the films. Treatments showed moisture content with a mean value of 22.10% ± 0.76and high solubility values between 56.67 to 62.42%. Thus, there is little or no influence of varying the concentration of WPC in these properties and high hydrophilicity of the films. With increasing concentration of WPC, increases the water vapor permeability of the films (7.42 x 10 -13 to 3.49 x 10 -12 g.m -1 .s -1 .Pa -1 ). The treatment at the concentration of 6% of WPC showed a higher modulus of elasticity (287.90 ± 41.79 MPa). Thegreater rigidity in films with higher concentrations is possibly due to the greater number of bonds between molecules of the polymeric matrix. The films have the same puncture resistance. The increased concentration of WPC promotes resistance to the action of a localized force. In general, films of whey protein concentrate in the tested concentrations exhibited slightly yellowish color and transparency, and can be used in food packaging that requiring intermediate permeability to water vapor, to keep moisture and texture desired.
Azevedo, V. M., Costa, A. L. R., Fukushima, K. L., & Borges, S. V. (2014). PROPRIEDADES DE BARREIRA, MECÂNICAS E ÓPTICAS DE FILMES DE CONCENTRADO PROTEÍCO DE SORO DE LEITE. Revista Do Instituto de Laticínios Cândido Tostes, 69(4), 237. https://doi.org/10.14295/2238-6416.v69i4.307