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Fatty acid composition of Camellia oleifera oil

  • Jinlin Ma
  • Hang Ye
  • Yukui Rui
  • Guochen Chen
  • Naiyan Zhang
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Abstract

Camellia oleifera originates from China and is important for the economy of southern China. Seeds from the cultivars LCDG, YAYC, and CR3 of Camellia oleifera were analyzed for their amount of 14 different fatty acids (unsaturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and saturated). In contrast to former investigations additional kinds of fatty acids could be isolated from Camellia oleifera seeds: The composition of this oil is very similar to olive oil, comprising 67.7–76.7 % oleic acid, 82–84 % unsaturated fatty acids, 68–77 % monounsaturated fatty acids, and 7–14 % polyunsaturated acids. Moreover, Camellia oleifera oil has many advantages to rapeseed oil, peanut oil, soybean oil, safflower seed oil, and especially pig oil.

Keywords

Camellia oleifera oil Fatty acids Unsaturated fatty acids Monounsaturated fatty acids Polyunsaturated fatty acids 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors appreciate the financial support of the National Project of Scientific and Technical Supporting Programs of the Eleventh 5-year Plan Period Funded by Ministry of Science & Technology of China (No. 2006BAD18B02-04). This work is also supported by the Eleventh 5-year Plan Period Funded by Guangxi province forest Science & Technology (Gui Lin Ke Zi [2009] N. 6).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jinlin Ma
    • 2
    • 3
  • Hang Ye
    • 2
  • Yukui Rui
    • 1
  • Guochen Chen
    • 2
  • Naiyan Zhang
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Resources and Environmental SciencesChina Agricultural UniversityBeijingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.GuangXi Forestry Research Institute (GFRI)NanningPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Central South University of Forestry and TechnologyChangshaPeople’s Republic of China

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