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Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2009;60(1):80-8. doi: 10.1080/09637480701602969.

Effects of hydrogen peroxide treatment on thiol contents in fresh-cut asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) spears.

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Department of Food Engineering, Sakarya University, Sakarya, Turkey.


In this work, the impact of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) was investigated on the thiol content of asparagus. Fresh-cut asparagus was treated with H2O2 at varied oxidant concentrations and contact times. A significant decrease (alpha=0.05) was observed in N-acetylcysteine levels treated with 2.5% H2O2 for 10 min and with 5% H2O2 for 3, 5 and 10 min. Captopril and cysteine levels significantly decreased (alpha=0.05) in all and most treatment conditions, respectively. Glutathione levels only significantly decreased with 2.5% and 5% H2O2 for 10 min treatment. In order to determine whether asparagus undergoes oxidative stress, a well-known oxidative stress indicator-the glutathione/oxidized glutathione ratio-was calculated. This study showed that the common use of H2O2 as a disinfectant/sterilizer by the food industry could markedly diminish the important biothiols and develop oxidative stress in asparagus, and potentially in other vegetables as well.

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