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Edible chitosan coatings for fresh and minimally processed foods

M. Vargas, L. Sánchez-González, M. Cháfer, A. Chiralt and C. González-Martínez,     Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

Abstract:

Chitosan is a biopolymer that shows great potential as an ingredient for the preparation of new edible films and coatings for different food applications. Chitosan has antimicrobial, antioxidant and emulsifying properties. Moreover, it is quite compatible with other biopolymers and lipids and thus can be used to formulate different film-forming dispersions adapted to specific target applications. This chapter reviews some of the most recent studies into the properties of chitosan-based film-forming dispersions, either containing chitosan ...

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