Fruits of Butia capitata (Mart.) Becc as good sources of β -carotene and provitamina

Revista Brasileira de Fruticultura. 2011;33(spe1):612-617 DOI 10.1590/S0100-29452011000500084


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Journal Title: Revista Brasileira de Fruticultura

ISSN: 0100-2945 (Print); 1806-9967 (Online)

Publisher: Sociedade Brasileira de Fruticultura

LCC Subject Category: Agriculture: Plant culture

Country of publisher: Brazil

Language of fulltext: Portuguese, Spanish; Castilian, English

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Juliana Pereira Faria
Egle M. A Siqueira (Universidade de Brasília)
Roberto Fontes Vieira
Tânia da Silveira Agostini-Costa


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Time From Submission to Publication: 14 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

Butia capitata is a palm tree, widely found in the Brazilian savanna. Their fruits are largely used by local communities to prepare juices, jellies and ice-creams. The main objective of this work was to determine the carotenoids profile of Butia capitata fruits and their provitamin A values. Total carotenoids content ranged from 11.1 to 43.9 μg.g-1; β-carotene was the predominant carotenoid (5.2-22.8 μg.g-1), followed by γ-carotene, phytoene, phytofluene, ζ-carotene, α-cryptoxanthin (or zeinoxanthin) and α-carotene. Provitamin A values varied from 50 to 200 RAE.100g-1. This result suggests that B. capitata pulp may be a good source of β-carotene and provitamin A.