Scientific journal

59 2020

Journal of Food and Nutrition Research
Summary No. 3 / 2020

Švecová, B. – Andrlová, K.
Determination of quality indicators and antioxidant activity of various fruit juices
Journal of Food and Nutrition Research, 59, 2020, No. 3, s. 207-218

Blanka Švecová, Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Pardubice, Studentská 573, 532 10 Pardubice, Czech Republic. E-mail:

Received 14 April 2020; 1st revised 21 May 2020; 2nd revised 12 June 2020; accepted 22 July 2020; published online 29 July 2020.

Summary: For eight types of juices (apple, orange, pear, pineapple, pink grapefruit, cranberry, blackcurrant and apricot), a range of analytical parameters was analysed in order to use them as primary indicators of juice adulteration. Dry matter, relative density, pulp percentage, ash, pH and titratable acidity, conductivity, total content of proteins, formol number, proline and ascorbic acid were determined in all samples. Antioxidant activity of samples expressed as Trolox equivalent was determined using 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) assay, 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulphonic acid) (ABTS) assay and ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP) assay. The results were in correlation with total phenolic content expressed as gallic acid equivalent. Phenolic compounds chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, naringin, hesperidin, rutin, quercetin and 5-hydroxymethylfurfural were determined using high performance liquid chromatography. Concentration of these compounds in samples was very variable, mostly in the order of tens of milligrams per litre. Overall, the values of all parameters and the concentration of compounds were the most influenced by the type of fruit from which the juice was produced. The quality control parameters analysis showed that the samples analysed were not adulterated because the results obtained met almost all the requirements given in Czech technical standards.

Keywords: fruit juice; quality indicator; juice adulteration; antioxidant activity; phenolic compounds

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