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Classification of entomological origin of honey based on its physicochemical and antioxidant properties

Kek, Siok Peng and Chin, Nyuk Ling and Yusof, Yus Aniza and Tan, Sheau Wei and Chua, Lee Suan (2018) Classification of entomological origin of honey based on its physicochemical and antioxidant properties. International Journal of Food Properties, 20 . S2723-S2738. ISSN 1094-2912


Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10942912.2017.1359185


Physicochemical and antioxidant properties of raw honeys from Malaysia were used as markers for determining its entomological source of bee species of Apis dorsata, Apis mellifera, Apis cerana, or Heterotrigona itama. Physicochemical properties of moisture content, water activity, specific gravity, viscosity, pH, free acidity, electrical conductivity, colour (L*, a* and b*), colour intensity, and antioxidant properties including the DPPH free radical scavenging activity power (1/IC50), ascorbic acid equivalent antioxidant content (AEAC), ferric ion reducing antioxidant power (FRAP), and total phenolic content (TPC) were measured and analysed. Honeys were classified into two major groups of those from honey bees (Apis spp.) and Trigona stingless bees (Heterotrigona itama) from its physicochemical and antioxidant properties using hierarchical cluster and principal component analyses. The Kelulut honey produced by stingless bees, Heterotrigona itama was differentiable from honeys from the regular honey bee species, the Apis spp. with characteristics of high moisture content of 33.24 g/100 g, free acidity of 136.8 meq/kg, colour intensity of 990.3 mAU, AEAC of 26.64 mg/100 g, and FRAP of 41.95 mg AAE/100 g. Honey classification by its entomological origin helps in honey identification and it reduces honey fraudulence.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Antioxidant, Honey
Subjects:Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions:Biosciences and Medical Engineering
ID Code:85633
Deposited By: Widya Wahid
Deposited On:07 Jul 2020 13:00
Last Modified:07 Jul 2020 13:00

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