Quantitative Analysis of Lycopene Extract using Pretreated Tomato Samples

 
 
International Journal of Biotech Trends and Technology (IJBTT)
 
© 2016 by IJBTT Journal
Volume - 6 Issue - 1                          
Year of Publication : 2016
Authors : Sanchit Seth, Oishee Chatterjee

Sanchit Seth, Oishee Chatterjee "Quantitative Analysis of Lycopene Extract using Pretreated Tomato Samples", International Journal of Biotech Trends and Technology (IJBTT), V6(1): 18-21 Jan - Mar 2016, Published by Seventh Sense Research Group.

Abstract

Tomatoes are used extensively in the kitchens worldwide. These are basically used to enhance the flavor and also used as the coloring agent. Tomatoes are rich source of carotenoids, flavonoids and various other antioxidants. The red color imparted by tomatoes is mainly because of a pigment named lycopene. It is believed that lycopene has a role in managing numerous bodily functions like cell proliferation, cell to cell communication etc. Recent studies showed that lycopene can be used as the preventive measure of prostate cancer and also holds therapeutic importance to control various cancers in early stages. This research has been focused to extract lycopene from pretreated tomatoes in different conditions. Spray drier was used to prepare tomato powder which is further used as one of the samples to extract lycopene. Results were obtained from mass spectrometry to deduceconditions best suitable for pretreatment to extract maximum lycopene from tomato samples.

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Keywords
Lycopene, Drying, Spray Drying, Tomato Paste, Concentration.