A company seeks to deactivate or otherwise interfere with the action of pectin methylesterase and polygalacturonase enzymes, which interfere with the processing of certain fruits by degrading fruit pectins. Release of the enzymes decreases the thickening power of the fruit solids, as they act on cell wall pectins. By deactivating the enzymes, especially without using heat, more of the fruit solids' thickening power may be conserved during processing.
Pre-packaged food developments have followed developments in medical research -- foods with reduced salt, foods low in fats, foods without trans-fats, and similar developments have resulted. An organization is interested in developments that may derive from biotech and pharma research, rather than from food research. They are seeking ingredients that, if added to foods, could moderate blood pressure, increase healthy cholesterol, promote weight loss, or promote glucose metabolism in diabetics. Specifically, what enzymes or actives can be added to foods for better overall health?
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