Monday, September 08, 2008

‘Remarkable Variation’ in Honey Antioxidant Activity

Physico-Chemical and Bioactive Properties of Different Floral Origin Honeys from Romania
Food Chemistry, Volume 112, Issue 4, 15 February 2009, Pages 863-867

Abstract: In this study, we investigated and compared the physico-chemical properties (moisture, colour, ash, and sugars content) as well as total phenols, total flavonoids and antioxidant activity of several honey samples (24) collected from different regions of Romania. The physico-chemical values were in the range of approved limits (conforming to EU legislation); excepting the monosaccharide values for one sample (T2). For this sample, the other values were within legislation limits.

The results obtained showed that the most valuable honey is the honeydew one. Correlation between RSA and total phenols and total flavonoids, respectively, was determined, and a positive correlation was found. This study demonstrates remarkable variation in antioxidant properties and content of total phenols in honey, depending on its botanic or geographic source.

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