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Vitamin E and Beta Carotene Composition in Four Different Vegetable Oils

Eqbal Dauqan1, Halimah Abdullah Sani1, Aminah Abdullah2, Halimah Muhamad3 and Ab. Gapor Md. Top3
  • 1 School of Biosciences and Biotechnology, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia
  • 2 School of Chemical Sciences and Food Technology, Faculty of Science and Technology, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi Selangor, Malaysia
  • 3 Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Bandar Baru Bangi, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia


Problem statement: Some vegetable oils contains natural antioxidants such as beta carotene and vitamin E namely tocopherol and tocotrienol. Different vegetable oils contained different amount of vitamin E and β-carotene. Approach: Study was carried out to investigate the natural antioxidants (vitamin E and beta carotene) composition in four different vegetable oils [Red Palm Olein (RPO), palm plein (PO), Corn Oil (CO) and Coconut Oil (COC)]. Results: The results showed that RPO contained the highest amount of vitamin E and β-carotene compared to the other three types of vegetable oils studied. Conclusion: The RPO can be considered as a good source of natural antioxidant (tocopherol, tocotrienol and β-carotene).

American Journal of Applied Sciences
Volume 8 No. 5, 2011, 407-412


Submitted On: 7 April 2011 Published On: 17 May 2011

How to Cite: Dauqan, E., Sani, H. A., Abdullah, A., Muhamad, H. & Top, A. G. M. (2011). Vitamin E and Beta Carotene Composition in Four Different Vegetable Oils. American Journal of Applied Sciences, 8(5), 407-412.

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  • Vegetable oils
  • Corn Oil (CO)
  • Red Palm Olein (RPO)
  • beta carotene
  • high performan liquid chromatography (HPLC)
  • Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS)
  • antioxidant nutrients
  • tocopherol
  • tocotrienol