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Composition of fatty acids, tocopherols, tocotrienols and β-carotene content in oils of seeds of Brazilian Sapindaceae and Meliaceae species

  • Barbosa, M. O.1, 2
  • Coutinho, D. J. G.1
  • Santos, J.3
  • Cordeiro, R. P.1
  • Muniz, L. R.1
  • Alves, R. C.3
  • Bessa, C. M. A. S.4
  • da Silva, M. V.4
  • Oliveira, M. B. P. P.3
  • de Oliveira, A. F. M.1
  • 1 Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Departamento de Botânica, Av. Prof. Moraes Rego s/n, Cidade Universitária, Recife, PE, 50.670-901, Brazil , Recife (Brazil)
  • 2 Centro de Tecnologias Estratégicas do Nordeste (CETENE – MCTIC), Av. Prof. Luís Freire, 1 - Cidade Universitária, Recife, PE, 50.740-540, Brazil , Recife (Brazil)
  • 3 Universidade do Porto, REQUIMTE/LAQV, Departamento de Ciências Químicas, Faculdade de Farmácia, Rua Jorge Viterbo Ferreira, 228, Porto, 4050-313, Portugal , Porto (Portugal)
  • 4 Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Departamento de Bioquímica, Av. Prof. Moraes Rego s/n, Cidade Universitária, Recife, PE, 50.670-901, Brazil , Recife (Brazil)
Published Article
Journal of Food Science and Technology
Springer India
Publication Date
May 18, 2019
DOI: 10.1007/s13197-019-03800-y
Springer Nature


This study analyzes the lipid composition and the oxidative stability of oils of Sapindaceae and Meliaceae seeds. The oil content ranged from 14.7% (Guarea guidonia) to 30.1% (Allophylus puberulus and Paullinia elegans). Ten fatty acids were identified in seed oils. Guarea guidonia seeds accumulated mainly oleic (44.9%) and linoleic (24.1%) acid, whereas the unusual gondoic and paullinic acids were identified in A. puberulus (15.8%; 8.9%) and P. elegans (14.4%; 44.2%), respectively. The oil of P. elegans had the highest oxidative stability (16.2 h.). Tocopherol predominated in A. puberulus (10.4 mg/100 g) and tocotrienol predominated in G. guidonea and P. elegans (2.6 mg/100 g). The vitamers α-tocopherol, γ-tocopherol, and γ-tocotrienol were found in the studied oils. β-carotene was predominantly detected in the oil of A. puberulus seeds (22.4 μg/g). Guarea guidonia seed oil has a high potential in food due to richness in essential fatty acids. In turn, A. puberulus and P. elegans oils could be suggested for other industrial purposes (e.g., biodiesel, varnishes, paints, soaps, or oleochemicals) due to their content of long-chain fatty acids.

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