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World Journal of Chemical Education. 2017, 5(2), 78-85
DOI: 10.12691/wjce-5-2-7
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Relationship between Antioxidant Capacity and Food Chemistry

Caroline Gaucher1, Pierre Leroy1 and Ariane Boudier1,

1Université de Lorraine, CITHÉFOR, EA 3452, Faculty of Pharmacy, BP 80403, F-54001 Nancy Cedex, France

Pub. Date: April 07, 2017

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Caroline Gaucher, Pierre Leroy and Ariane Boudier. Relationship between Antioxidant Capacity and Food Chemistry. World Journal of Chemical Education. 2017; 5(2):78-85. doi: 10.12691/wjce-5-2-7


A practical experiment devoted to study the properties of common foods (lemon, tea and garlic) containing antioxidant molecules is presently described. The experimental part was based on four main steps: (i) realization of calibration curves with standard antioxidants reacting with the 1,1-diphenyl-2-picryl-hydrazyl radical (DPPH•), (ii) quantitation of antioxidant molecules in food extracts, and (iii) determination of food extract antioxidant capacity vs. DPPH•, which (iv) was linked to the content of antioxidant molecules in each food extract. The educational approach was based on both conceptual thermodynamic processes and on practical knowledge on food chemistry and also diet related to healthcare. As a result, in addition to gain experience in simple spectroscopic methods, students went deeper in the understanding of the redox mechanisms devoted to oxidative stress basic learning.

11-diphenyl-2-picryl-hydrazyl radical food extract redox UV-visible spectrophotometry spectrofluorimetry antioxidant content

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