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Journal of Food and Nutrition Research. 2013, 1(6), 121-127
DOI: 10.12691/jfnr-1-6-2
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Effect of Food Preparation Technique on Antioxidant Activity and Plant Pigment Content in Some Vegetables Species

Violeta Mitic1, , Vesna Stankov Jovanovic1, Marija Dimitrijevic1, Jelena Cvetkovic1 and Gordana Stojanovic1

1Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Mathematics, University of Nis Nis, Serbia

Pub. Date: November 12, 2013

Cite this paper:
Violeta Mitic, Vesna Stankov Jovanovic, Marija Dimitrijevic, Jelena Cvetkovic and Gordana Stojanovic. Effect of Food Preparation Technique on Antioxidant Activity and Plant Pigment Content in Some Vegetables Species. Journal of Food and Nutrition Research. 2013; 1(6):121-127. doi: 10.12691/jfnr-1-6-2


Effect of food preparation technique on antioxidant activity and plant pigment content in broccoli, Brussels sprouts, white cabbage, kale, chard, spinach and garden patience were studied. The highest content of chlorophyll a was detected in garden patience (0.837 mg/g f.v.) and the lowest was in brussels sprout (0.047 mg/g f.v.), while chlorophyll b and carotenoid content was lower. Boiling had influence on pigment content in selected vegetables. Different food preparation technique showed influence on antioxidant activity of vegetables extracts. Boiled vegetables extracts showed highest antioxidant activity, which indicates that valuable phytochemicals remains in water during cooking process. Highest reducing power is detected for frozen garden patience extract (16.775 AAE/10 g f.v.), while DPPH, ABTS and FRAP assays showed highest antioxidant activities for boiled and microwave cooked vegetables. Correlations among antioxidant activities based on ABTS, DPPH, FRAP and TRP assays were positively high and r ranged between 0.68 and 0.99.

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