Determination of lipid oxidation products in vegetable oils and marine omega-3 supplements

  • Bente Lise Halvorsen Department of Nutrition, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo
  • Rune Blomhoff Department of Nutrition, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo
Keywords: Food composition, Food processing

Abstract

Background: There is convincing evidence that replacing dietary saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats (PUFA) decreases risk of cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, PUFA rich foods such as vegetable oils, fatty fish, and marine omega-3 supplements are recommended. However, PUFA are easily oxidizable and there is concern about possible negative health effects from intake of oxidized lipids. Little is known about the degree of lipid oxidation in such products. Objective: To assess the content of lipid oxidation products in a large selection of vegetable oils and marine omega-3 supplements available in Norway. Both fresh and heated vegetable oils were studied. Design: A large selection of commercially available vegetable oils and marine omega-3 supplements was purchased from grocery stores, pharmacies, and health food stores in Norway. The content of lipid oxidation products were measured as peroxide value and alkenal concentration. Twelve different vegetable oils were heated for a temperature (225°C) and time (25 minutes) resembling conditions typically used during cooking. Results: The peroxide values were in the range 1.04-10.38 meq/kg for omega-3 supplements and in the range 0.60-5.33 meq/kg for fresh vegetable oils. The concentration range of alkenals was 158.23-932.19 nmol/mL for omega-3 supplements and 33.24-119.04 nmol/mL for vegetable oils. After heating, a 2.9-11.2 fold increase in alkenal concentration was observed for vegetable oils. Conclusions: The contents of hydroperoxides and alkenals in omega-3 supplements are higher than in vegetable oils. After heating vegetable oils, a large increase in alkenal concentration was observed.

Keywords: lipid oxidation; commercially available; vegetable oils; marine omega-3 supplements; screening; peroxide value; alkenal concentration

(Published: 10 June 2011)

Citation: Food & Nutrition Research 2011. 55, 5792 - DOI: 10.3402/fnr.v55i0.5792

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Author Biography

Rune Blomhoff, Department of Nutrition, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo
Professor and Head of Department of Nutrition
Published
2011-06-10
How to Cite
Halvorsen, B. L., & Blomhoff, R. (2011). Determination of lipid oxidation products in vegetable oils and marine omega-3 supplements. Food & Nutrition Research. https://doi.org/10.3402/fnr.v55i0.5792
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