Journal of Food Science and Technology

, Volume 52, Issue 3, pp 1339–1349 | Cite as

Preliminary nutritional and biological potential of Artocarpus heterophyllus L. shell powder

  • Anubhuti Sharma
  • Priti Gupta
  • A. K. Verma
Original Article


Artocarpus heterophyllus shell powder was investigated in terms of its nutritional and biological potential. A thorough examination of shell powder demonstrated its potential as a source of minerals, β carotene and dietary fiber, which were assessed gravimetrically & spectrophotometrically. This showed 3.05 ± 0.19 g 100 g−1 DW of alkaloids followed by saponins and tannins. Three different extracts; acetone, methanol, & mix solvent were used to evaluate phenolic & flavonoid content, antioxidant & antimicrobial activity, GC/MS screening and quantitative analysis of polyphenols. Among all, the methanol extract showed highest antioxidant activity evaluated by DPPH, FRAP & ABTS assays and was significantly correlated with phenolic and flavonoid contents. Phenolic & flavonoid content was found to be 158 ± 0.34 mg (GAE) and 10.0 ± 0.64 mg (CE) respectively. The results of antimicrobial activity showed that L. monocytogenes was more susceptible to all extracts followed by other microorganisms. Catechin, ascorbic & chlorogenic acids were identified as major polyphenols analyzed by LC-MS/MS. GC/MS analysis showed that it contains a variety of compounds with different therapeutic activities. The study revealed that A. heterophyllus shell is a good source of natural antioxidants & other bioactive compounds and can be used in cosmetics, medicines and functional food application.


Artocarpus heterophyllus Antioxidant Polyphenols LC-MS/MS Antibacterial GC/MS Dietary fiber 



The authors would like to acknowledge the state Grading Laboratory, Directorate of Agricultural Marketing, Delhi, India for their financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Bioscience and BiotechnologyBanasthali UniversityRajasthanIndia
  2. 2.Ministry of AgricultureGovernment of IndiaDelhiIndia

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