Volume 28, 2021
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|Section||Quality − Food safety|
|Published online||23 September 2021|
Effect of different extraction methods on trace metal elements content of Persian lime (Citrus latifolia) seed oil
Effet des méthodes d’extraction sur la teneur en éléments traces métalliques de l’huile de graines de lime de Perse (Citrus latifolia)
Department of Food Science and Technology, Mamaghan Branch, Islamic Azad University,
2 Department of Food Science and Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran
3 Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran
Accepted: 29 August 2021
The oil of Persian lime (Citrus latifolia) seed was extracted using three methods (cold-pressing, solvent extraction and enzyme-assisted aqueous extraction using Protamex and Celluclast) to compare the effect of extraction method on oil quality through trace metal elements (Fe, Cu, Ni, Co, Pb and As) content. The results demonstrated that extraction method significantly (P < 0.05) influences the trace metal elements content of oil. The reduction pattern of Fe > Cu > Ni > Co > Pb > As was observed in Persian lime seed and extracted oil samples. The highest concentration (mg/kg) of iron (7.3272 ± 0.0263), copper (0.350033 ± 0.00153) and lead (0.00891 ± 0.00003) were observed in cold pressed oils. The oils extracted using enzyme-assisted aqueous extraction method showed the highest concentration (mg/kg) of nickel (0.069855 ± 0.000167) and cobalt (0.054555 ± 0.000163). Arsenic was not detected in seeds and any of the extracted oil samples. The concentration of Fe (3.0363 ± 0.0423 mg/kg) and Cu (0.280167 ± 0.00151 mg/kg) as a pro-oxidant was lower in the Persian lime seed oil obtained by enzyme-assisted aqueous extraction method.
L’huile de graines de lime de Perse (Citrus latifolia) a été extraite selon trois méthodes (pressage à froid, extraction par solvant et extraction aqueuse assistée par hydrolyse enzymatique par les enzymes Protamex® et Celluclast®) afin de comparer l’effet de la méthode d’extraction sur la qualité de l’huile par le biais de la teneur en éléments traces métalliques (Fe, Cu, Ni, Co, Pb et As). Les résultats ont démontré que la méthode d’extraction influence significativement (p < 0,05) la teneur en éléments traces métalliques de l’huile. Par ordre d’importance, on a observé Fe > Cu > Ni > Co > Pb > As pour les graines de lime persane et pour les échantillons d’huile extraits. Les concentrations les plus élevées (en mg/kg) en fer (7,3272 ± 0,0263), cuivre (0,350033 ± 0,00153) et plomb (0,00891 ± 0,00003) ont été observées dans les huiles pressées à froid. Les huiles extraites par la méthode d’extraction aqueuse assistée par hydrolyse enzymatique ont montré les plus fortes concentrations (mg/kg) en nickel (0,069855 ± 0,000167) et cobalt (0,054555 ± 0,000163). L’arsenic n’a pas été détecté dans les graines ni dans aucun des échantillons d’huile extraits. La concentration en éléments pro-oxydants : Fe (3,0363 ± 0,0423 mg/kg) et Cu (0,280167 ± 0,00151 mg/kg) était plus faible dans l’huile de graines de lime perse obtenue par la méthode d’extraction aqueuse assistée par hydrolyse enzymatique.
Key words: Persian lime seed / trace metal elements / oil extraction method / cold-pressing / enzyme-assisted aqueous extraction
Mots clés : Citrus latifolia / éléments traces métalliques / méthode d’extraction de l’huile / pressage à froid / extraction aqueuse assistée par hydrolyse enzymatique
© I. Fathollahy et al., Published by EDP Sciences, 2021
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Cold-pressing, solvent extraction and enzyme-assisted aqueous extraction method was used to extract Persian lime seed oil.
Extraction method of Persian lime seed oil significantly affected the trace metal content.
The reduction pattern of Fe > Cu > Ni > Co > Pb > As was observed in Persian lime seed and extracted oil samples.
The amount of Fe, Cu as pro-oxidant was lower in the Persian lime seed oil obtained by enzyme-assisted aqueous extraction method.
The type of enzyme used in the enzyme-assisted aqueous extraction method significantly affected the content of trace metals.
Citrus seed such as Persian lime (Citrus latifolia) seed, as a valuable by-products of citrus processing, remained after the citrus juice extraction process. Because of high oil content (Juhaimi et al., 2016; Yilmaz and Güneşer 2017; Fathollahi et al., 2021) citrus seed is interesting especially for oil extraction to use in the formulation of various food products, detergents, cosmetics and soaps. According to Fathollahi et al. (2021), palmitic (27.09–28.36%), oleic (26.01–26.62%) and linoleic (30.72–31.48%) acids were the main fatty acids of solvent extracted and cold-pressed oils of Persian lime seed that makes it as a good candidate for cooking and frying applications. Because of great importance of vegetable oils (especially oils with a new source such as citrus seed oil) for various industries, including food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and chemical industries (Dugo et al., 2004), oil quality and its stability are very important for the consumer’s desirable use. Along properties including peroxide value, iodine value, free fatty acid, saponification value, color appearance, etc., one of the most important and vital quality properties of vegetable oils is its metal content (Ennoukh et al., 2017). Both endogenous and exogenous factors (plant metabolism and genotype, soil, water, environment, fertilizer or pesticides, production and the collection process, oil extraction and treatment processes and systems and materials of packaging), influence the presence of metals in vegetable oils (Lo Coco et al., 2003; Dantas et al., 2003; Zeiner et al., 2005; Jamali et al., 2008). Trace metal elements can be classified as potentially toxic (arsenic, cadmium, lead, etc.), probably essential (vanadium, cobalt) and essential (copper, zinc, iron, manganese, etc.). Aiming to assess health risks, eight heavy metals (Cu, Zn, Fe, Mn, Cd, Ni, Pb and As), were determined in nine varieties of edible vegetable oils collected from China. The results showed that the dietary intakes of the eight heavy metals from weekly consumption of 175 g of edible vegetable oils or daily consumption 25 g of edible vegetable oils for a 70 kg individual should pose no risk to human health (Zhu et al., 2011). Therefore, the assessment of trace metal elements levels in vegetable oils with new sources, reporting possible contamination, and evaluation of methods to eliminate or reduce the content of toxic trace metal elements is necessary. Toxic elements can be very harmful even at low concentration if consumed with contaminated materials (such as food and cosmetics) for a long time (Gopalani et al., 2007). One of the most important factors that significantly influence metal contents of edible oils is the oil extraction method. Traditional methods, solvent extraction, cold-pressing, enzymatic extraction, and supercritical-fluid extraction are edible oil extraction methods. The aim of present study is to investigate the effect of the oil extraction method (cold-pressing, solvent extraction and enzyme-assisted aqueous extraction) on Persian lime seed oil trace metal elements content.
Persian lime (C. latifolia) seeds were collected from waste (composed of peels, seeds, and pulp) of a lime juice extraction plant (Asiashoor Food Industry and Trade Inc., Tabriz, Iran). The seeds were first poured in water and stirred using a spatula to help detachment of seed from the other materials. Protamex (1.5 AU/g; combined proteases) and Celluclast 1.5 L (700 EGU/g) were kindly provided by Novozymes (Bagsvaerd, Denmark). As2(O)3 (Mw = 197.841 g/mol), Fe(Cl)3 6H2O (Mw = 270.295 g/mol), Cu(NO3)2 3H2O (Mw = 241.601 g/mol), Pb(NO3)2 (Mw = 331.200 g/mol), Co(NO3)2 3H2O (Mw = 291.030 g/mol), Ni(NO3)2 6H2O (Mw = 290.790 g/mol), and HNO3 (Merck, Darmstadt, Germany) were used for preparation of standard solutions.
Moisture, protein, ash, and fat content of samples were measured using methods Ca 2d-25, Ba 4d-90, Ba 5a-49, Am 2-93 American Oil Chemists’ Society, respectively (AOCS, 1997). Total carbohydrate was measured according to Herbert et al. (1971).
The cold-pressed extraction of oil was performed using the method of Fathollahi et al. (2021). At first using the following equation moisture content of the seeds was adjusted to 8% and the seeds were conditioned in polyethylene bags (4 °C, 48 h): (1) where Q is the mass of water added (kg), Wi is initial mass of sample (kg), Mi is initial moisture content (% dry basis) of the sample, Mf is final moisture content (% dry basis) of the sample. A laboratory-scale cold-press machine (Iran cold pressing, Kerman, Iran; single head, 0.75 kW power, 10 kg seed/h capacity) at 10 rpm screw rotation speed was used to cold-pressing. The temperature of oil was maintained below 45 °C during the pressing process.
First, the dried seeds were grounded using a domestic grinder (moulinex, France) and then were sifted through number 18 mesh. Soxhlet set using n-hexane (at 60–70 °C, 8 h) extracted the oil and collected miscella was then vacuum-evaporated (Heidolph Rotavapor, Germany, 40 °C, vacuum 0.6 bar and rpm 50) to obtain the extracted oil according to Fathollahi et al. (2021).
According to Fathollahi et al. (2021) mixture of the ground and sifted seeds with distilled water (at a ratio of 1:4 w/w) was boiled for 5 min and allowed to cool down to room temperature. After adjusting the optimal pH level for each enzyme using 0.5 N aqueous NaOH or HCl solutions, an amount (2.0% by seed weight) of each enzyme (Protamex, and Celluclast 1.5 L) was added to mixture. The mixture was incubated at optimal temperature of each enzyme for 4 h with continuous stirring at 200 rpm followed by centrifugation (9000 rpm) for 15 min (Universal, PIT 320, Tehran, Iran) yielding three distinct phases:
an oil phase;
The top oil-rich phase was first with drawn using a micropipette, followed by the removal of the creamy and aqueous phase, leaving the meal at the bottom. To improve the oil recovery, the creamy phase was frozen at −20 °C for 24 h and thawed in a water bath at 35 °C for 4 h. and then centrifuged (9000 rpm, 30 °C) for 15 min.
All of the extracted oil samples using different extraction methods were immediately centrifuged (9000 rpm, 5 min) (Universal, PIT 320, Tehran, Iran), filled in amber-colored glasses under nitrogen atmosphere and stored in the fridge.
The cation standard solutions used for calibration curves were produced by diluting a stock solution of 1000 mg/L of given cation with 10% (v/v) nitric acid. For preparation of a mixed standard solution (containing 100 mg/L of each cation), 2500 µL of 1000 mg/L concentration of each cation was mixed in 25 mL volumetric balloon, and bring up to the volume with 10% (v/v) nitric acid. The concentration ranges of the working solutions were 0–3 mg/L for all metal cations.
To prepare spiked standard solutions with 0, 0.5, 1, 2 and 3 mg/L of each cation, 0, 5, 10, 20 and 30 µL of mixed standard solution was added to 1.0 g of every extracted oil samples, respectively, in the test tube and then 1 mL of the 10% (v/v) dilute nitric acid was added. The oil-acid mixture was shaken (50 Hz for 60 s) to mix the layers completely and then capped test tube was placed in a shaking water bath (50 °C, 2 h). After centrifugation (5000 rpm, 10 min), the lower acid aqueous layer was withdrawn with a pipette and was filled to 10 mL by adding deionized water (Pehlivan et al., 2008). The measurements were performed with a Shimadzu 6300 graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GFAAS) (Kyoto, Japan) equipped with a heated graphite tube atomizer. Delivery of standard solutions and samples from the cup to the graphite tube performed using an ASC 6100 autosampler (Shimadzu, Kyoto, Japan). A Hettich centrifuge (ROTOFIX 32A, Kirchlengern, Germany) was used for accelerating phase separation. The instrument settings and the optimized furnace program for determination of each analyte are listed in Table 1.
Instrument settings and furnace programs for analysis of Cu, Pb, As, Co, Ni, and Fe by GFAAS.
0.5 gram dried Persian lime seed samples were digested with 6 mL of HNO3 (65%) (Merck, Darmstadt, Germany), 2 mL of H2O2 (30%) (Merck, Darmstadt, Germany) in microwave digestion system (MDS-15 Sineo, Shanghai, China) and diluted to 10 mL with double deionized water. A blank digest was carried out in the same way (digestion conditions for microwave system were applied as 2 min for 250 W, 2 min for 0 W, 6 min for 250 W, 5 min for 400 W, 8 min for 550 W, vent: 8 min, respectively).
Recovery experiments were performed to assure the precision of the obtained data based on evaluation of trace metal elements in standard reference material (NIST-SRM 1577c bovine liver, Sigma-Aldrich, MO, USA). According to achieved results, good agreements were reported with certified values (Tab. 2).
Trace element concentrations in certified reference material (NIST-SRM 1577c) and recovery of analyzed metals (n = 3).
All of extraction methods and analysis experiments were done in triplicate and data was reported as mean ± standard deviation. To assess the significant effect of oil extraction methods in the levels of trace metal elements, analysis of variance (ANOVA) and Tukey’s means comparing test (at 5% significance level) were used using the Minitab ver. 19.1 software (Minitab, Pennsylvania, USA) program.
Proximate composition and trace metal elements content of Persian lime (C. latifolia) seeds are shown in Table 3. The oil, protein, carbohydrate and ash contents of the Persian lime seeds, were in the range of the data reported for Persian lime (C. latifolia) seeds (Fathollahi et al., 2021; Fathollahy et al., 2021) and Citrus limon L. (Kütdiken variety) seeds (Yilmaz and Güneşer 2017). Habib et al. (1986) reported that Egyptian lime contains 42.65% lipid, 13.75% protein, 40.56% carbohydrate and 2.19% ash. The total ash content of Mitha (sweet lemon) (Citrus limetta) (Anwar et al., 2008), Eureka lemon and Kütdiken lemon (Juhaimi et al., 2016) seeds was reported as 5.50%, 3.24% and 3.63%, respectively, which were significantly higher than our finding (1.95%). Other citrus seeds contained total ash as follows: orange and grapefruit seeds contained 2.95–3.17% and 2.60% ash, respectively (Habib et al., 1986; El-Adawy et al., 1999), bitter orange and kinnow mandarin seeds contained 3.27% and 4.51% ash, respectively (Juhaimi et al., 2016) and Beyaz variety grapefruit seeds (Citrus paradisi L.) contained 1.28% ash (Yilmaz et al., 2019). In general, ash content measured in this study for Persian lime seeds was lower than the values reported in the literature for citrus seeds. Different harvest year, variety, methods of analysis and oil extraction could be the reason for these differences. Juhaimi et al. (2016) reported that the concentrations of Cu and Fe in several citrus seeds was in the range of as 6.13–16.55 and 40.50–111.39 (mg/kg dry matter), respectively. Among the studied citrus seeds, bitter oranges seeds were richer in terms of micro elements. Biologically, metals like iron, copper, zinc and manganese are essential metals for humans, but their excessive intake can produce toxic effects. Fathollahi et al. (2019) and Fathollahi et al. (2021) reported the oil yield of Persian lime seed using different extraction methods was as follow: solvent extraction 44.2 ± 1.6%, cold-pressing 30.4 ± 0.6%, aqueous extraction 8.86 ± 0.8%, and enzyme-assisted aqueous extraction using different enzymes (Celluclast, Pectinex, Neutrase, Alcalase, and Protamex) 17.21 ± 0.39–31.78 ± 0.51%.
Proximate composition (% dry weight) and trace metal elements content (mg/kg dry mater) of Persian lime seed.
Concentration of metal elements in edible oils is decisive due to metabolic role, toxic characteristics and effect on the quality of commercial products manufactured by the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food preparation industries (Gonzálvez et al., 2010). In this sense, it is very important to determine whether the concentration of toxic trace metal elements are present at levels in the produced and consumed oils that might be hazardous to human health (Zeiner et al., 2005; Reddy et al., 2012). Different kinds of seeds contain different levels of trace metal elements, because of different species and variety, cultivation soil, irrigation water, stage of maturity and different proper to uptake trace metal elements (Ansari et al., 2008; Onakpa et al., 2018). The results of the analysis of trace metal elements in Persian lime seed oil samples extracted using different methods are presented in Table 4.
The reduction pattern of Fe > Cu > Ni > Co > Pb > As was observed in all of extracted oil samples. Extraction method significantly influenced trace metal elements content (P < 0.05). Accordingly, cold-pressed and enzyme-assisted aqueous extracted oil samples contained the highest and lowest concentration of Fe, Cu and Pb, respectively. Whereas, the highest content of Ni and Co was observed in the enzyme-assisted aqueous extracted oil samples. Since, trace metal elements combine to some minerals and dissolves easily in water and are up-taken by plants through water, therefore, trace metal elements in seeds are very water-soluble (Roussel et al., 2000; Lee et al., 2019). Therefore, in oil extraction methods in which water is used, such as enzyme-assisted aqueous extraction method, due to the dissolution of trace metal elements in water, less trace metal elements are transferred to the oil phase. The type of enzyme used in the enzyme-assisted aqueous extraction method also had a significant effect on the content of trace metal elements (P < 0.05). Accordingly, the oil samples extracted using Protamex compared to Celluclast had higher content of Fe, Co, Ni and Pb. But, the content of Cu was higher in the oil samples extracted using Celluclast. This difference may be due to the different effects of enzymes on the constituents of seed that interact with trace metal elements. The concentration of Pb and As in all of oil samples was in the permissible levels set by Codex Alimentarius (0.1 mg/kg in edible oils) (Alimentarius 1999). Kheirati Rounizi et al. (2021) reported that the sesame oil extraction method including traditional (Ardeh oil) and industrial method (cold-pressing method: virgin and refined sesame oil) significantly affected trace metal elements (Pb, Cu, Cd, Zn and As) content and the refining process could be considered as an efficient method in reduction of trace metal elements. The Cd and Zn content of virgin oil was estimated lower than other samples. In Ardeh oil, except for As and Zn, the higher amount of trace metal elements was reported in comparison with two other oils. The reduction patterns of Pb and Cu were found as refined sesame oil < virgin sesame oil < Ardeh oil. Compared to Kheirati Rounizi et al. (2021), in all of the Persian lime seed oil samples the content of Pb and As was lower, but the content of Cu was higher than the amount reported to different sesame oil. Based on the extraction method of Persian lime seed oil, the transfer coefficients from seed to oil for iron, copper, nickel, cobalt and lead, were 5.93–14.31%, 3.89–4.86%, 7.59–11.39%, 6.18–10.10%, and 2.68–10.24%, respectively. The highest and the lowest transfer coefficient was observed for iron in cold-pressing method and for lead in enzyme-assisted aqueous extraction method using Celluclast, respectively. According to Lee et al. (2019) the transfer coefficients of metal elements from seeds (flaxseed, sesame and perilla) to pressed and solvent extracted oils were less than 10% other than Cd in perilla oils, and were up to 30% in supercritical-fluid extraction method. Hajeb et al. (2014) reported that the optimized operating conditions of supercritical-fluid extraction (SFE) (a pressure of 61 MPa, a temperature of 39.8 °C, a CO2 flow rate of 3.7 mL/min and an extraction time of 4 h) for the simultaneous elimination of toxic elements from fish oil, reduced the contents of lead, cadmium, arsenic and mercury by up to 98.3, 96.1, 94.9 and 93.7%, respectively. The reduction of toxic elements is highly dependent upon the type of elemental species in the fish tissue that is used. The arsenic found in the fish oil were most likely in the form of arsenolipids or might bind to cholesterol or fat-soluble vitamins species that were co-extracted with the oil during the supercritical extraction (Hajeb et al., 2014; Kohlmeyer et al., 2005). Rubio-Rodríguez et al. (2012) reported that trace amounts of cadmium, mercury, and lead were extracted together with the oil using the SFE method at a pressure of 25 MPa and a temperature of 40 °C. However, the fish oil that was extracted using the SFE method contained 6.70 µg/g of arsenic.
Reddy et al. (2012) reported that element dissolution in two variety of avocado (Hass and Fuerte) oil was relatively low for traditional soxhlet, SFE and microwave extraction and relatively high for ultrasound water bath and ultra-turrax extractions. The ultrasound extraction method gave highest concentration of Fe in oils (1.80–1.82 µg/g), whilst ultra-turrax method gave highest concentration of Cu in oils (0.167–0.206 µg/g). On the contrary, results of Ennoukh et al. (2017) demonstrated that the extracting by press and traditional method had no influence on the element content in argan oil and extraction method could not modify the dietary element content of the argan oil.
Minimum and maximum values of copper in Persian lime seed oil samples were 0.28016 and 0.35003 mg/kg in enzyme-assisted aqueous extracted oil using Protamex and cold-pressed oil. Nezirević-Nizić et al. (2020) reported that Cu content of cold-pressed linseed, pumpkin and sunflower oil in two different season was in range of 0.0032–0.011, 0.005–0.0169, and 0.0083–0.089 mg/kg, respectively. The Cu content of cold-pressed rapeseed oil from conventional and certified ecological seeds was 0.036–0.055 and 0.037–0.062 mg/kg, respectively (Wroniak and Rękas, 2017). Pressed and solvent extracted oils of sunflower seeds had Cu content of 1.1 and 0.5 mg/kg, respectively (García-González et al., 2021). According to international and national standards, the permitted contents of trace metal elements in edible oils: 0.1 ppm (Cu, Pb, As), 1–1.5 ppm (Fe), 0.2 ppm (Ni) and 0.05 ppm (Cd) (Kowalewska et al., 2005). The FAO/WHO has set a limit for heavy metals intakes based on body weight. For an average adult (60 kg body weight), the provisional tolerable daily intake (PTDI) for copper, iron and lead are 3 mg, 48 mg and 214 μg/g, respectively (FAO/WHO, 1999).
The minimum and maximum iron levels that observed in Persian lime seed oil were 3.0363 mg/kg in enzyme-assisted aqueous extracted oil using Celluclast and 7.3272 mg/kg in cold-pressed oil. Wroniak and Rękas (2017) reported 0.329–1.320 mg/kg and 0.236–1.690 mg/kg for Fe content of cold-pressed rapeseed oil from conventional and certified ecological seeds, respectively. Pressed and solvent extracted oils of sunflower seeds had Fe content of 6.0 and 22.7 mg/kg, respectively (García-González et al., 2021).
The nickel content of Persian lime seed oil ranged from the minimum level (0.04654 mg/kg) in cold-pressed oil to the maximum level (0.06985 mg/kg) in enzyme-assisted aqueous extracted oil using Protamex. The WHO recommends 100–300 μg/g nickel for daily intake (WHO, 1993). The minimum and maximum Co levels were 0.03342 and 0.05455 mg/kg in enzyme-assisted aqueous extracted oil using Celluclast and Protamex, respectively.
The minimum and maximum lead levels of Persian lime seed oil were 0.00234 and 0.00891 mg/kg in enzyme-assisted aqueous extracted oil using Celluclast and cold-pressed oil, respectively. The level of Pb of cold-pressed linseed, pumpkin and sunflower oil in two different season was 0.022, 0.0085–0.0122, and 0.049–0.095 mg/kg, respectively. The lead concentration of pressed and solvent extracted oils of conventional and new sunflower seeds with modified phytosterol compositions was in the range of 0.2–0.4 mg/kg (García-González et al., 2021), and 0.012–0.1 mg/kg in cold-pressed rapeseed oil from conventional and certified ecological seeds (Wroniak and Rękas 2017). WHO has established a provisional tolerable weekly intake for lead of 0.025 mg/kg of body weight (World Health Organization, 1993). Ministry of Health of the People’s Republic of China (MOH) recommended the maximum lead level for edible vegetable is 0.1 mg/kg (MOH, 2005). The lead levels in all of Persian lime seed oils extracted using different method were found to be lower than legal limits. Arsenic was not detected in any of Persian lime seed oil extracted using different method. Arsenic was not detected in any of pressed and solvent extracted oils of conventional and new sunflower seeds with modified phytosterol compositions (García-González et al., 2021), but it was in the range of 0.001–0.01 mg/kg in cold-pressed rapeseed oil from conventional and certified ecological seeds (Wroniak and Rękas 2017).
Unfortunately, we could not locate trace metal elements values for citrus seed oils for a comparison. Overall, this study adds important data to the literature. In a rare case, mineral content of sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) seed oil extracted using the batch solvent extraction method was reported (Nwozo et al., 2021). The result of this study revealed that the minerals that were found in sweet orange (C. sinensis) seed oil are as follows: calcium (Ca) 15.80 ± 0.10, iron (Fe) 6.99 ± 0.41, sodium (Na) 4.60 ± 0.30, potassium (K) 4.80 ± 0.20, manganese (Mn) 0.07 ± 0.01, magnesium (Mg) 6.22 ± 0.22, zinc (Zn) 0.28 ± 0.02, copper (Cu) 0.00 ± 0.00 and phosphorus (P) 407.40 ± 2.00 mg/L. In comparison with sweet orange (C. sinensis) seed oil, the Persian lime (C. latifolia) seed oil extracted by cold-pressing and solvent extraction method had almost the same content of Fe (6.9874–7.3272 mg/kg versus 6.99 ± 0.41 mg/L) but enzyme-assisted aqueous extraction oil samples of Persian lime seed contained less Fe content (3.0363–3.25270 mg/kg). Fe and Cu concentrations in vegetable oils is known to induce oxidation and can decrease long term stability. The content of Cu in the solvent extracted of Persian lime (C. latifolia) seed oil (0.30017 ± 0.00189 mg/kg) was higher than sweet orange (C. sinensis) seed oil (0.00 ± 0.00 mg/L). The differences in the extraction method (Soxhlet extractor versus batch solvent extraction method) can be the reason for the difference in the concentration of the mentioned elements.
Trace metal elements concentration (mg/kg) in Persian lime seed oil extracted using different methods.
It is required to monitor the presence of toxic metal element contaminants and the quality of new oil sources such as citrus seed oil prior to consumption and industrial uses. The results showed that the extraction method of Persian lime seed oil significantly influenced the content of studied trace metal elements. Among the studied metal elements, iron and copper as pro-oxidants had the highest concentration in all extracted oils. With the exception of nickel and cobalt, the other studied metal elements had higher concentrations in cold pressed oil. The concentration of Pb and As in all of oil samples was in the permissible levels set by Codex Alimentarius. According to the results, since the level of toxic and pro-oxidants metal elements was lower in the Persian lime seed oil obtained by enzyme-assisted aqueous extraction method, so this method can produce healthier and more stable oil.
The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest in relation to this article.
The authors would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the Asiashoor Food Industry and Trade Inc.
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