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Keywords:

  • Bifidobacterium animalis ;
  • cell count;
  • fat;
  • inulin;
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus ;
  • organic acids;
  • probiotic yogurt;
  • proteolysis

Summary

Effects of different levels of fat and inulin on bacterial cell counts, degree of proteolysis and concentrations of organic acids in the yogurt containing inactivated cells of probiotic strains Bifidobacterium animalis and Lactobacillus acidophilus were investigated. Results showed that both L. acidophilus and B. animalis grew well in the yogurt samples reaching cell counts higher than 106 CFU mL−1 at the final pH of 4.5. Inulin at the concentration of 1% had no significant effects on the production of organic acids and cell counts of L. acidophilus, but promoted the growth of B. animalis with a reduction in the degree of proteolysis. Generally, different fat levels showed significant effects on the production of organic acids and nonsignificant effects on the cell counts of probiotic bacteria and degree of proteolysis. In case of lactic acid, the ratio of L- (+)to D- (−) isomer ranged from 50/50 to 80/20 in yogurt samples.