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Antioxidant Properties of Extracts Obtained from Raw, Dry-roasted, and Oil-roasted US Peanuts of Commercial Importance

An Erratum to this article was published on 02 July 2010


Raw, skinless peanut kernels from US commercial production lines were dry- and oil-roasted according to standard industrial practices. Eighty percent (v/v) methanolic extracts from the peanut cultivars were prepared and characterized by RP-HPLC: five predominant compounds were found comprising free p-coumaric acid and potential p-coumaric acid derivatives, as elucidated by DAD-UV spectra with comparisons to those of commercial standards. A Spanish high-oleic peanut possessed the greatest naturally-occurring level of p-coumaric acid and its derivatives, followed by a high-oleic Runner, a normal Runner, and a Virginia peanut. Upon thermal processing, p-coumaric acid was liberated at the expense of its derivatives according to the relationship: oil roasting > dry roasting > raw. A high-oleic Runner exhibited the greatest increase (∼785%) in free p-coumaric acid levels after oil roasting. For many of the samples from the 2007 crop, processing increased the TPC and antioxidant capacities in the order of raw < dry roast < oil roast, but results were cultivar dependent. Oil-roasted peanuts were more effective at scavenging O2 - than their dry-roasted counterparts, as determined by a photochemiluminescence assay. Overall findings indicate that although thermal processing altered the composition of peanut kernel antioxidants, TPC values and radical-scavenging activities are preserved. Depending on peanut type, cultivar, and harvest date, enhanced antioxidant capacities can result.

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2,2′-azinobis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulphonic acid)

ABTS●+ :

2,2′-azinobis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulphonic acid) radical cation


butylated hydroxyanisole


ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid


edible peanut




fluorescein (3′6′-dihydroxy-spiro[isobenzofuran-1[3H],9′[9H]-xanthen]-3-one)


monounsaturated fatty acids

O2 - :

superoxide radical anion


oxygen radical absorbance capacity (fluorescein probe)


Photochem® water soluble antioxidant capacity


polyunsaturated fatty acids

RO 2 :

peroxyl radical




Trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity


total phenolics content


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Financial support for this study was provided by the USDA National Needs Fellowship Program and the Georgia Food Processing Advisory Council (FoodPAC) of Georgia’s Traditional Industries Program for Food Processing. We would also like to acknowledge Robert Karn (Product Development Manager, American Blanching Company, Fitzgerald, GA) and Bruce Kotz (Vice-President of Specialty Products, Golden Peanut Company, Alpharetta, GA) for their insights into peanut processing & production in the US.

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Craft, B.D., Kosińska, A., Amarowicz, R. et al. Antioxidant Properties of Extracts Obtained from Raw, Dry-roasted, and Oil-roasted US Peanuts of Commercial Importance. Plant Foods Hum Nutr 65, 311–318 (2010).

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  • Antioxidant activity
  • Arachis hypogaea L.
  • p-Coumaric acid
  • Peanuts
  • Phenolics
  • Radical-scavenging capacity