Doctor Koksel’s work involves analysis of the texture and nutritional quality of vegan meats during extrusion using the ultrasound technology. She says that her team will give the food industry the opportunity to “manipulate the sensory and nutritional quality of plant-based meats during manufacturing” and counts the textural properties of food such as chewiness, hardness, stickiness, and springiness, as a few of the characteristics they are able to work on with the use of ultrasound.
Doctor Koksel explains that when the components of foods “come across ultrasound waves, they dance to different beats with the incoming ultrasonic music. The beats that they dance to depend on properties like their size and how they interact with other food components. By recording these beats, we can extract information on food structure and link them to texture (like hardness and chewiness).”
Intriguingly, the doctor claims that her “research will help to enhance the quality of existing plant-based meat products and to create various novel plant-based food alternatives.” She adds, “We are helping to sustainably meet the nutritional needs of a steeply rising world population.”