Antioxidant capacity and correlated characteristic of 14 unifloral honeys

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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 37 (1) pp. 27-31
Date
January 1998
Article Title

Antioxidant capacity and correlated characteristic of 14 unifloral honeys

Author(s)

S Frankel; G E Robinson; M R Berenbaum

Abstract
The water-soluble antioxidant capacity of 19 samples of honey from 14 different floral sources was determined by a spectrophotometric assay. The highest concentration of antioxidants measured was 20.3 times that of the lowest, showing that great variation exists in the chemical nature of honey from different floral sources. Antioxidant content was positively correlated with both water content and honey colour. Because of the health benefits of dietary antioxidants, floral source should be a factor in evaluating the potential of honey as an antioxidant-containing food supplement.
Keywords

honey, antioxidant content, colour,water content, ascorbic acid, Apis mellifera, unifloral honey, 1,1-diphenyl-3-picrylhydrazyl, buckwheat honey, button sage honey

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