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Changes in virgin olive oil characteristics during different storage conditions

Stefanoudaki, Evagelia, Williams, Mark and Harwood, John L. ORCID: 2010. Changes in virgin olive oil characteristics during different storage conditions. European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology 112 (8) , pp. 906-914. 10.1002/ejlt.201000066

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In this study we have examined the effect of olive oil storage outdoors on a comprehensive series of quality measures. The conditions used were at the extreme of those encountered during the production of bottle oil. Filtered and unfiltered oils were compared as was the influence of inert gas (nitrogen) in the headspace. Increases in K232, K270 and peroxides over time were very much reduced by inert headspace gas, which also reduced losses of total phenols and oxidative stability. Headspace nitrogen also reduced the rise in unconjugated phenolics as secoiridoid derivatives declined and minimised losses in polyunsaturated fatty acids. The pattern of volatile compounds detected in olive oils stored indoors or outdoors showed subtle differences. Moreover, when stored with air exposure the levels of some negative sensory components such as penten-3-ol and hexanal increased while other positives, like trans-2-hexenal were reduced. These changes would be expected to reduce quality. Finally, Panel tests were used. All oils lost perceived quality on storage and this was accelerated outdoors while headspace nitrogen slowed the deterioration significantly. Our data show that storage outdoors for 4 months in winter does not reduce olive oil quality significantly and that an inert gas in the headspace is beneficial.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Oxidation; Quality; Storage conditions; Virgin olive oil
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISSN: 1438-7697
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 14:34

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