Friday, December 17, 2010
Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, Article in Press
The selenium contents of a total of 62 unifloral honeys from Erica spp., Castanea sativa, Eucalyptus spp., Lavandula stoechas, Citrus spp. and Echium plantagineum honeys collected in Portugal were determined by fluorometry after reaction with 2,3-diaminonaphthalene.
The selenium levels of the honey samples studied were low, ranging from <1.0 to 2.91 μg/100 g fresh weight.
The honeys from Erica spp., Castanea sativa and Echium plantagineum presented the highest selenium values from all the honeys studied (median values 1.69, 1.51 and 1.51 μg/100 g fresh weight), and the honeys from Eucalyptus spp, Lavandula stoechas and Citrus spp presented the lowest values (median values 1.33, 1.28 and 1.20 μg/100 g fresh weight). The selenium content of Erica spp., was significantly higher than that observed for the Eucalyptus spp, Lavandula stoechas and Citrus spp. and the selenium level of the Eucalyptus spp, was also significantly lower than that observed Castanea sativa and Echium plantagineum honeys.
From these results it can be concluded that honey is a marginal source of Se for the Portuguese population.