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Carotenoid pigments of peanut oil


A method for analysis of carotenoid pigments in peanut oil is described. The major carotenoid pigments found in peanut oil were beta-carotene and lutein. A sample of oil from immature peanuts contained 60 µg of beta-carotene and 138 µg of lutein per liter of oil. The total carotenoid concentration in oil from mature peanuts appears to be less than 1 µg per liter of oil.

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Contribution from the Departments of Botany and Food Science, North Carolina State Experiment Station, Raleigh, N. C., in cooperation with the US Department of Agriculture, ARS, Market Quality Research Division, and SURDD. Paper No. 2273 of the Journal Series.



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Pattee, H.E., Purcell, A.E. Carotenoid pigments of peanut oil. J Am Oil Chem Soc 44, 328–330 (1967).

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