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Journal of Food Quality
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 7352631, 7 pages
Research Article

The Effect of Chia Seeds (Salvia hispanica L.) Addition on Quality and Nutritional Value of Wheat Bread

1Division of Cereal Technology, Faculty of Food Sciences, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Nowoursynowska 159C, Warsaw, Poland
2College of Food Sciences, Department of Food Technology, Al-Qasim Green University, Babylon, Iraq
3Department of Thermal Technology and Food Process Engineering, Faculty of Production Engineering, University of Life Sciences, Doświadczalna Str. 44, 20-280 Lublin, Poland
4Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Food Sciences, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Nowoursynowska 159C, Warsaw, Poland

Correspondence should be addressed to Dariusz Dziki

Received 22 October 2017; Accepted 5 December 2017; Published 31 December 2017

Academic Editor: Hüseyin Erten

Copyright © 2017 Daria Romankiewicz et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The aim of the study was to analyze and characterize the influence of chia seeds (CS) addition (0, 2, 4, 6, and 8%) on wheat bread properties. Bread properties that underwent evaluation included chemical composition, fatty acid composition, total phenolics content, volume, baking losses, crumb texture, and color and sensory analysis. The addition of CS decreased baking losses and the volume of bread. The color of the crumb with CS was much darker as compared with the control sample. The texture analysis showed that the CS caused a decrease in the hardness of the crumb. Most importantly, the addition of CS increased the nutritional value of the bread. Bread with CS contained more dietary fiber and mineral components. Moreover, it has been observed that in comparison to the control product bread with CS was characterized by a rich fatty acids composition and higher level of phenolic compounds. Most importantly, the results showed that the substitution of wheat flour with chia seeds up to 6% did not negatively affect the final product acceptance.

1. Introduction

Chia is an annual herbaceous plant that belongs to the Lamiaceae family. It comes from southern Mexico and northern Guatemala. Despite the high nutritional values, the chia seeds are rarely used in food production. The seeds contain fat that is a good source of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. In addition, the seeds have a relatively high content of protein of high biological value. They are rich in the essential amino acids, particularly leucine, lysine, isoleucine, and valine [1, 2]. Therefore, the seeds can be a complement of cereal proteins that are deficient in the essential amino acids. Additionally, chia seeds have a high dietary fiber content, which is characterized by a high water absorption and the ability to form aqueous solutions with increased viscosity. This helps to better keep the water in the final product, so that it can stay fresh longer [3]. What is more is that chia seeds are an important source of natural antioxidants such as tocopherols, sterols, carotenoids, phenolic compounds including chlorogenic and caffeic acid, quercetin, myricetin, and kaempferol [4, 5]. In recent years, the European Parliament approved chia seeds as a novel food. This resulted in an increase in use of chia seeds in food production [6]. Recent studies have shown that chia seeds can be used to produce food products such as biscuits [7], pasta [8], and especially bread [911]. There are several works concerning the influence of chia addition on bread texture. Zettel et al. [12] studied the effects of chia incorporated in wheat bread dough in the form of gel and proved that chia addition reduced the bread firmness. Coelho and Salas-Mellado [10] found that bread crumb containing whole chia seeds was softer in contrast to the one with chia flour. However, this tendency was not confirmed by Iglesias-Puig and Haros [13]. Costantini and others [14] observed that the addition of chia flour increased the total antioxidant capacity of wheat breads. However, they used only one share of chia flour addition (10%). Since in the present studies different shares and forms of chia were added to bread recipes, it is difficult to compare the obtained results. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to determine the possibilities of using chia seeds in the production of the wheat bread. Furthermore, the aim of the study was to determine the impact of chia seeds on texture, total phenolics content, antioxidant properties, and fatty acids profile of wheat bread.

2. Materials and Methods

2.1. Material and Reagents

The research material was wheat flour (WF) type 550 produced by Polskie Młyny S. A. (Poland) and chia seeds were obtained from Bio Company Pulst J. M. (Poland). The other ingredients used in the production of bread were salt produced by Cenos Sp.zo.o. (Poland) and instant dry yeasts produced by Dr. Oetker Sp.zo.o. (Deutschland), bought in the local market. The chia seeds were ground before analysis by using the laboratory hammer mill POLYMIX-Micro-Hammermill MFC [15]. The obtained flour (particles below 0.3 mm) was used for analysis.

2.2. Chemical Composition of the Material

During the study an analysis was performed of chemical composition of wheat flour, chia seeds, and the obtained breads. Water content was determined using drying method [16]. Total protein content was determined by Kjeldahl method [17] ( and for wheat flour and chia seed, resp. [2]). The ash content was evaluated through incineration of the samples in a muffle furnace at 900°C for 60 minutes [18]. The chia seeds were ground before analysis. The obtained flour (particles below 0,3 mm) was used for analysis. The total dietary fibre content was also measured using an enzymatic-gravimetric method [19]. The ground sample was digested with a thermostable alpha-amylase, protease, and amyloglucosidase in order to remove the protein and starch present in the sample. Then, 95 g/L ethanol was added in order to precipitate the soluble fiber. The resulting precipitate was filtered and was rinsed with ethanol and acetone. Then, it was dried at 105°C until regular mass. In the next stage the sediments were analyzed in terms of total protein and ash content. The total dietary fibre (TDF) content was calculated using formula (1): , where is average weight of the sediment (mg); is average weight of protein (mg); is average weight of ash (mg); SW is average sample weight (mg). Total fat content was measured using a solvent extraction method in a Soxhlet’s extractor [20].

2.3. Fatty Acids Composition

Fatty acids composition of raw materials and bread was performed using a gas chromatography (GS). Fatty acid methyl esters were prepared in accordance with European Standard [21]. An YL6100 GC chromatograph was equipped with a flame ionization detector. It had also capillary column (BPX-70). Parameters used the column length 60 m, internal diameter 0.2 mm, and film thickness 0.25 μm. The conditions separation fatty acid methyl esters were as follows: initial temperature of 60°C for 5 min, which was then increased by 10°C per minute to 180°C and a further increase of 180°C to 230°C followed by 3°C per minute. The final temperature 230°C was maintained for 15 minutes. The temperature of the split injector was 225°C. The temperature of the detector was 250°C. Nitrogen was used as the carrier gas (flow rate—1 mL per minute). The fatty acids were identified using standard lipid purchased from Sigma Aldrich.

2.4. Total Phenolics Content and Ability to Neutralize Free Radicals

Extract preparation 500 mg of samples (flour form raw materials or bread) was extracted with 5 ml of MeOH : water (1 : 1, v/v, pH = 1) mixture (chemical extract, CE) or PBS buffer (buffer extract, BE). Sample was shaken for 30 min and centrifuged at (, 10 min). Collected supernatants were used for biochemical analysis. The assay was performed by Folin-Ciocalteu’s method [22] with slight modification [23].

Ability to neutralize free radicals (ABTS) was performed using the method in which the ABTS radicals were reduced by the antioxidants containing extracts of the analyzed samples [24]. The ability to neutralize free radicals was expressed as EC50, extract concentration corresponding to 50% reduction of the initial concentration of the synthetic ABTS radical.

2.5. Breads Preparation

The bread dough was prepared using a direct method (Table 1) [25]. The wheat flour was replaced with chia seeds (CS) at 2, 4, 6, and 8% (CS2, CS4, CS6, and CS8, resp.). The wheat flour and wheat flour with the addition of CS were analyzed using the farinograph test to determine the amount of added water. The components were mixed in a laboratory mixer (SP 800A, Sweden). After proofing, the dough was divided into 250 g pieces. The pieces were molded by hand and then put in the molds (size about 10 × 10 × 10 cm). The molded doughs were proofed again for 60 min. The breads were baked in an electric oven (Sveba Dahlen, Sweden). After baking they were removed from the molds and weighted. After cooling, the loaves were packed into polyethylene bags and stored for 24 h at 20°C. The bread yield , representing the amount of bread obtained from 100 g of flour, was calculated as follows:where is a weight of dough portion before baking, is the mass of bread after cooling (g), and is a dough yield. Besides, the baking losses were calculated.

Table 1: Bread making method.

The dough yield was calculated as follows:where is a mass of dough and is a mass of flour (g).

2.6. Physical Properties of Bread

The physical properties of bread were determined 24 hours after baking. The following parameters were determined: bread volume, density, porosity, and crumb color.

The volume of a bread loaf was determined using a 3D scanner (NextEngine, USA). The volume of the finished bread model was calculated using a computer program MeshLab. The bread volume was expressed in cm3 and converted to 100 g of bread.

The measurement of crumb porosity was performed by determination of the differences between the volumes of uncompressed and compressed crumb, which was devoiced of pores by kneading. The 27 cm3 volume cylinders were cut from the bread crumb and were kneaded. Then, they were immersed in oil in order to determine the volume [25].

The crumb color was determined using the Chromameter Minolta (CR-200, Japan). The trichromatic colorimetric method was used based on a system of color , , and . According to the International Commission on Illumination parameter was responsible for lightness. The values , , , and , respectively, represented the colors: red, green, yellow, and blue. The total crumb color differences between bread crumb with chia seeds addition and control bread sample were calculated using the common known formula:where is absolute color difference, , , and are compositional crumb color of control bread, and , , and are compositional crumb color of bread with chia seeds addition.

2.7. Bread Crumb Texture

The measurement was performed using the Texture Analyzer type TA.XT2i (Stable Microsystems, Surrey, UK). The assay relied on a dual compression of the crumb sample (thickness of slices—25 mm). A cylindrical mandrel with a 25 mm diameter was used in the measurement. The speed test was 1 mm/s. 40% penetration of the sample was applied, with a 45-second break between the first and second pressure. Based on the graphs the following parameters of bread crumb texture were determined: hardness, springiness, cohesiveness, gumminess, and chewiness [26].

2.8. Sensory Evaluation of Bread

A team of 68 trained panelists conducted a sensory evaluation of bread 24 hours after the baking. The analysis was performed at Warsaw University of Life Sciences in Warsaw, Poland, in a stable temperature and light. Bread was cut into slices. Samples were scored using a five-point hedonic scale, where 1 is dislike extremely, 2 is dislike moderately, 3 is neither like or dislike, 4 is like moderately, and 5 is like extremely [27] according to the appearance, taste, smell, color, texture, and overall desirability.

2.9. Statistical Analysis

All tests were performed in four replicates. The results were statistically analyzed in the Statistica 10. One-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) was made with significance level . The homogenous groups were determined by Tukey’s test.

3. Results and Discussion

3.1. Physicochemical Properties of Raw Materials

Table 2 presents the content of selected chemical components in the raw material used in the study. In comparison with the wheat flour, chia seeds contained approx. 2 times higher protein content, approx. 20 times higher total fat content, approx. 13 times higher total dietary fiber content, and approx. 8 times higher mineral components content. It is a confirmation of their high nutritional value. It is also shown by Pizarro et al. [28] and Valdivia-López and Tecante [29] and Hruškovà and Švec [11]. The percentage share of fatty acids present in the wheat flour and chia seeds was shown in Table 2. In the fat isolated from the wheat flour and chia seeds the following acids were present: palmitic, stearic, oleic, linoleic, and -linolenic acid. Linoleic acid was predominant in wheat flour and accounted for more than half of the total fatty acids present. The -linolenic acid predominated in chia seeds. It was discovered that chia seeds’ fat content contained 4 times less saturated acids than the fat from the wheat flour. The share of valuable polyunsaturated fatty acids in the chia seeds’ fat amounted to approx. 90%. In comparison to wheat flour, chia seeds had the total phenolic content approx. 6 times higher and were characterized by approx. 9 times higher ability to neutralize free radicals.

Table 2: Chemical composition, fatty acids profile, total phenolics content (TPC), and antioxidant activity (ABTS) of raw materials.
3.2. Baking Results

The yield of bread ranged from 137.6% to 140.7% (Table 3). The addition of 4% and 6% g of CS caused a significant reduction of bread yield as compared to the control sample. The baking loss changed from 7.7% to 9.5%. The addition of 6% and 8% of CS significantly reduced the value of the baking loss as compared to other breads. Similar relationship was observed in studies of other authors [9, 10, 28]. Chia seeds contain a lot of dietary fiber and mucilage, which combines free water and prevents its evaporation during the process of baking [12].

Table 3: Characteristics of obtained breads.
3.3. Analysis of the Physical Properties of Bread

The loaf volume of bread decreased with the addition of CS (average from 372.1 cm3/100 g for control bread to 316.2 cm3/100 g for CS8). There was no significant effect of the addition of chia seeds on porosity of the bread crumb. Coelho and Salas-Mellado [10] produced bread with 11% addition of the hydrated chia seeds. The authors showed that the enriched bread had a significantly smaller volume than the control bread. The chia seeds addition caused a decrease in the share of gluten in the bread’ dough. The structure of the dough could be weakened during the production process. As a result, ability could be reduced to maintain CO2 during proofing and baking.

The values of the bread crumb color parameters were shown in Table 3. The component of color responsible for the lightness of the bread crumb changed from 67.3 to 75.7. Other color components: and were, respectively, from −0.7 to −0.4 and from 11.0 to 13.6. The breads with chia seeds had a significantly lower value of and than the control bread. This indicated that the bread crumb with addition of chia seeds had a darker color and the share of yellow was smaller as compared with the control sample. On the basis of received value, according to the criteria of the International Commission on Illumination, the total difference of color was classified. It was assumed that the value of in the range of 0–2.0 was unrecognizable; the range between 2.0 and 3.5 was possible to recognize by an inexperienced observer, and with the value above 3.5 the difference of color was clear [29]. The total difference of color between the sample bread crumb and bread with chia seeds addition was above 3.5 (regardless of the chia seeds dosage). This means that the color of the bread crumb with chia addition was significantly different from the control bread crumb color. During baking process, temperature in the crumb of bread does not reach 100°C, while in the crust of bread it is above 100°C. Mailard’s reaction that influences the color of the product took place only in the crust of bread [9]. The color of the bread crumb mainly depends on raw materials used. The color of chia seeds can vary from a light cream to a dark grey [5]. Chia seeds are rich in phenolic compounds such as caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid, ferulic acid, p-coumaric acid, 7-hydroxycoumarin, catechol, quercetin, quercetin-3-glucoside, and kaempferol, which besides their antioxidant properties affect the color of the bread [13].

3.4. Bread Crumb Texture

The texture profile analysis parameters were shown in Table 3. The hardness of the bread crumb is a parameter that is most often determined in bread texture studies. It is described as the maximum force that was recorded during the first crumb kneading [26]. Hardness of the wheat bread crumb without additives amounted to 13.0 N. For CS4, CS6, and CS8 samples slight but significant reduction of this parameter was observed to the level of 11.0 N. CS addition weakens the gluten matrix and causes the weakening of the crumb cell structure; thus the obtained breads had lower volume. The lower volume of bread usually causes an increase of crumb hardness. From the other hand the decrease in force required to compress the bread slice was observed for CS6 and CS8 crumb samples, which means that crumb hardness was decreased. This may be due to chemical composition of CS and especially gum and fat content which probably caused a decrease of bread hardness. Similar tendency was observed when flaxseed flour (which has a similar composition to chia) was incorporated into wheat flour [30].

The springiness of the bread crumb ranged from 0.94 to 0.95, while the cohesiveness of the bread crumb ranged from 0.66 to 0.71. The springiness of bread is a parameter describing a degree to which crumb returns to its original shape from before compression. The cohesiveness parameter is determined on the basis of work done during the compression of the crumb during the first and second kneading [26, 31]. CS addition had no significant influence on these parameters.

The gumminess of the wheat bread crumb without additives was 9.07 N. The breads with CS addition had less gummy crumb than the control sample. The gumminess is determined by the force required to fragment the product [26]. The increase of bread crumb gumminess is received unfavorably by the consumers [32].

The study shows that the bread with chia seeds addition requires less work during the fragmentation of the product (from 7.31 N·mm to 7.83 N·mm) as compared to the control bread, for which the highest chewiness was obtained (9.04 N·mm). The studies of Iglesias-Puig and Haros [13] also described a similar trend, but it was not significant statistically.

3.5. Chemical Composition of Bread

The chemical composition of bread was shown in Table 3. There were no statistically significant differences in the content of water in bread samples. It ranged from 43.48% to 43.83%. A high content of protein, ash, and dietary fiber in chia seeds contributed to an increase of the content of these components in the breads. The breads with the addition of CS were characterized by a significantly higher values of these components in comparison with the control sample. In CS8 bread the dietary fiber content increased twice as compared with the control sample. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) daily consumption of dietary fiber should amount to 30–40 g. Its presence in the human diet helps to accelerate intestinal peristalsis, reduces the absorption of cholesterol and triglycerides, decreases glucose levels in the blood, and reduces the feeling of hunger [10, 14]. In addition, together with higher doses of chia seeds, there occurred an essential increase in the content of total fat. Thus, the addition of chia seeds to bread had a positive effect on nutritional values of the product.

3.6. Fatty Acid Profile Analysis

The analysis of the fatty acid composition profile of the breads was showed in Table 3. In breads with the CS addition the content of saturated fatty acids (the sum of palmitic and stearic acids) ranged from 13.9% g to 15.15% and was lower than in the control bread (17.37). Generally, as the percentage of CS increased, the share of saturated fatty acid in bread decreased. The content of polyunsaturated fatty acids in bread with CS was at a similar level as in the control bread. The CS2, CS4, CS6, and CS8 samples had significantly higher content of -linolenic acid and lower content of linoleic acid than the control bread. The content of -linolenic acid in the bread has been rising according to the addition of chia seeds: approx. 3 times for CS2, 3.5 times for CS4, 4 times for CS6, and 4.4 times for CS8 as compared with the control bread. The obtained values are lower in comparison with the values obtained by Coelho and Salas-Mellado [10], who observed an increase of approx. 62 times in the acid content of -linolenic acid in bread with chia seeds.

In our study, there was observed a change in the ratio of linoleic acid (n-6) to -linolenic (n-3). For the control sample the ratio was 25/1, whereas in case of CS2, CS4, CS6, and CS8 breads this ratio was average 7/1, 6/1, 5/1, and 5/1, respectively. The high content of n-3 fatty acids in the diet provides many healthy benefits. It is essential for proper brain functions and has beneficial effects in cardiovascular diseases and in prevention of arthritis [33].

3.7. Total Phenolics Content, Antioxidant Activity, and Results of Bread Sensory Evaluation

Chia seeds are potential source of chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, quercetin, myricetin, and kaempferol [6]. These antioxidants can protect heart and liver. In addition, they exhibit anticancer and antiaging properties [34]. Table 3 shows the total phenolics content (TPC) and the ability to neutralize the free radicals (ABTS). The CS4, CS6, and CS8 breads had a significantly higher TPC level than the other bread samples. Moreover, with the increase of CS in breads, the ability to neutralize free radicals also increased. Segura-Campos et al. [35] showed that the partial replacing of wheat flour by chia protein hydrolysates had no effect on the antioxidant activity of white bread. On the other hand, Costantini et al. [14] noticed that the addition of chia flour increased the total antioxidant capacity of wheat bread.

The results of sensory evaluation of breads were shown in Table 3. The appearance of breads was rated as suitable for good baked bread. There was no difference in taste and aroma of bread. In each case bread was tasty and had a specific aroma. The addition of chia seeds caused darkening of the bread crumb, but it was generally not negatively evaluated by the panelists. Only for CS8 samples the significantly lower notes for crumb colour were evaluated in comparison to control bread. The points marked for texture of crumb indicate that control bread and CS2, CS4, and CS6 breads were dry and did not crumble during cutting, with very high springiness. Only in the case of CS8 sample significantly lower note for texture was observed. In conclusion, points awarded for general desirability of the bread amounted to approx. 4, which indicates that the addition of CS up to 6% did not affect the final product acceptance.

4. Conclusions

The use of CS in the wheat bread recipe resulted in negative reduction of loaf volume, darker color of the crumb, positive reduction of hardness, gumminess, and chewiness of the bread crumb. The sensory evaluation showed that of CS up to 6% had no significant influence on bread quality. As compared to wheat flour, chia seeds contained approx. 2 times higher total protein content and approx. 8 times higher ash content, 13 times higher fiber content, and approx. 20 times higher fat content, which resulted in a higher content of these ingredients in the enriched bread. Furthermore, bread contained approx. 6 times more total phenolic compounds; thereby it exhibited approx. 10 times higher antioxidant activity. Particular attention must be drawn to an increase in the content of n-3 -linolenic acid, dietary fiber, and phenolic compounds. Bread with addition of chia seeds can be a good supplement to a daily diet, which usually lacks those ingredients and can be considered as functional foods which can provide health benefits beyond the traditional nutrients it contains. Besides, the results showed that the substitution of wheat flour with CS up to 6% showed acceptable sensory scores which were comparable to wheat bread.


The results of the manuscript were partially presented as an abstract at the 3rd International Conference on Food and Agricultural Engineering (ICFAE 2017), 10–12 May 2017, Budapest, Hungary.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.


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