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Journal of Food and Nutrition Research. 2015, 3(10), 661-666
DOI: 10.12691/jfnr-3-10-7
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Extraction and Characterization of Oil and Lecithin from Boal (Wallago attu) Fish

Md. Rasel Molla1, , A.K.M. Asaduzzaman1, Md. Abdur Rashid Mia1, Md. Aowrongo Zeb2 and Md. Salim Uddin1

1Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Rajshahi University-6205, Bangladesh

2Department of Microbiology, Prime Asia University, Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh

Pub. Date: December 23, 2015

Cite this paper:
Md. Rasel Molla, A.K.M. Asaduzzaman, Md. Abdur Rashid Mia, Md. Aowrongo Zeb and Md. Salim Uddin. Extraction and Characterization of Oil and Lecithin from Boal (Wallago attu) Fish. Journal of Food and Nutrition Research. 2015; 3(10):661-666. doi: 10.12691/jfnr-3-10-7


Consumption of fish is very beneficial to the health and development of the human body. They provide essential nutrients to the human. Fish oil contains higher amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids which have significant effect in maintaining a healthy cardiac life. Biochemical composition of boal (Wallago attu) was determined. It was found that fishes are rich sources of protein and other nutrients. Boal contain higher amount of moisture 77.51±0.35 (g%). All the other parameters such as, protein, lipid, total sugar and ash were 13.12±1.24 (g%), 1.94±0.06 (g%), 0.05±0.01 (g%), 1.55±0.05 (g%) in boal. Boal fish oil was extracted using n-hexane by soxhlet apparatus. The percentage of oil from boal fish powder was 18.24(g% w/w). Lecithin was also extracted from this fish fleshes before and after oil extraction. Lecithin was 2.02 (g% w/w) and 3.68 (g% w/w) before and after oil extraction. The physicochemical properties of fish oil and lecithin were investigated. The saponification value, iodine value, acid value, peroxide value, percentage of free fatty acids of boal fish oil and lecithin were 199.27±0.78 (mg KOH/g), 129.67±0.63 (mg I/g), 16.78±0.01 (mg KOH/g), 11.65±0.15 (meq O2/kg), 8.43±0.09 (%). and 124.56±1.23 (mg KOH/g), 89.26±1.44 (mg I/g), 11.31±1.52 (mg KOH/g), 4.26±0.55(meq O2/kg), 5.68±0.76 (%). The oxidative stability of boal fish lecithin was also measured. Boal fish lecithin showed higher oxidative stability due to the presence of natural antioxidant. Fatty acid composition of boal fish oil and lecithin was measured by gas chromatography (GC). The important polyunsaturated fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) were found to be 1.35% and 1.98%. But lecithin contains only 9% DHA and other monounsaturated fatty acids. This fish oil and lecithin also contain higher amount of monounsaturated fatty acid and average amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids. Therefore, we can use this fish oil and lecithin in edible purpose, food industry and pharmaceutical industry.

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