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Premium Assessment of antioxidant capacity of energy drinks, energy gels and sport drinks in comparison with coffee and tea
Diamantini Giuseppe,
Pignotti Silvio,
Antonini Elena,
Chiarabini Andrea,
Angelino Donato,
Ninfali Paolino
Publication year2015
Publication title
international journal of food science and technology
Resource typeJournals
Summary Antioxidant capacities of energy drinks ( ED ) and energy gels ( EG ) were evaluated by means of Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity ( ORAC ), Trolox Equivalent Antioxidant Capacity ( TEAC ), Ferric‐ion Reducing Antioxidant Power ( FRAP ) and 2,2‐Diphenyl‐1‐picrylhydrazyl ( DPPH ) assays. Values obtained by the four methods linearly correlated and a ranking scale of their antioxidant contributes was drawn. The ORAC values per serving of ED and EG ranged between 100–7610 and 26–404 μmol Trolox Equivalents ( TE ), respectively, and correlated linearly with the total phenols ( TP ). TP and ORAC values of ED and EG were compared with a number of coffee, tea and sport drinks ( SDR ) samples. In coffees and teas, ORAC values ranged from 603 to 2954 and from 594 to 2587 μmol  TE per serving, respectively. In SDR , ORAC values ranged between 420 and 1445 μmol  TE per serving. The ORAC / TP and ORAC /Kcal ratios were also used to compare antioxidant capacities of the beverages and an optimal range for these ratios was discussed and proposed. Overall, our results supply new information to producers for a better formulation of antioxidant mixtures in ED and EG and also suggest advice to consumers concerning the choice of energy beverages.
Subject(s)abts , antioxidant , antioxidant capacity , chemistry , dpph , food science , organic chemistry , oxygen radical absorbance capacity , phenols , trolox
SCImago Journal Rank0.831

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