Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to characterize lychee seeds regarding their centesimal composition, and also to evaluate their antioxidant potential and fatty acid profile. Design/methodology/approach – To obtain the extract, dehydrated and grinded seeds were extracted with ethyl alcohol for 30 min, at a proportion of 1:3 of seeds:ethyl alcohol, under continuous agitation, at room temperature. Afterwards, the mixture was filtered and the supernatant subjected to a rotoevaporator at 40 o C aiming to determine, by direct weighing, the extract dry matter yield. Findings – The largest found values went to the total carbohydrates (72.75 percent). In the oil from the lychee seeds there was a high percentage of unsaturated fatty acids, the main component being linoleic, considered an essential fatty acid. Research limitations/implications – Implies the identification of compounds biativos extracted from seeds of tropical and subtropical fruits, and to prevent certain types of diseases. Originality/value – The article tries to identify new source of phenolic compounds extracted from fruit.
Nutrition & Food Science – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jul 19, 2011
Keywords: Fruits; Brazil; Bioactive composition; Gas‐chromatography; Extract; DPPH