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Bioseparation. 1992;3(2-3):177-84.

A reversed-phase HPLC method for measurement of 5-hydroxymethyl furfuraldehyde and furfuraldehyde in processed juices.

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  • 1Departamento de Química Física, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain.


An HPLC method using a reversed-phase macroreticular PLRP-S column and phosphate buffer as eluent is described for the analysis of L-ascorbic acid degradation products, 5-hydroxymethyl furfuraldehyde and furfuraldehyde, in processed fruit juices. Measurement of the levels of 5-HMF and furfuraldehyde in citrus juices against time showed the presence of 5-HMF (0.45 mg l-1) even at zero time. An assessment on the effect of the additives on the formation of 5-HMF of reconstituted single-strength orange juice showed virtually the same results for all the samples stored at 4 degrees C and 20 degrees C, irrespective of the additive. For citrus juice samples which had been subjected to accelerated degradation, those that showed the highest decomposition of L-ascorbic acid, produced the highest level of 5-HMF. The presence of furfuraldehyde in any of the samples was not detected, probably due to the fact that furfuraldehyde was formed in such small amounts which are below the minimum detectability limit of the method (0.050 mg l-1).

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