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Determination of total carbohydrates by anthrone method. Carbohydrates are the important components of storage and structural materials in the plants. Recently, Morse4 and Morris5 have described the use of anthrone for the quantitative estimation of carbohydrates. This method is both quicker and. The precise method of carbohydrate isolation depends on the carbohydrate type, solution as this would cause an underestimation of the carbohydrate content. The Anthrone method is an example of a colorimetric method of determining.

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For most foods this is not a problem because they have low lignin concentrations anyway.


Estlmation can be added to the starch solution to form an insoluble starch-iodine complex that can be determined gravimetrically by collecting, drying and weighing the precipitate formed or titrimetrically by determining the amount of iodine required to precipitate the starch. With time the animal develops antibodies specific for the carbohydrate molecule. The starch content of most foods cannot be determined directly because the starch is contained within a structurally and chemically complex food matrix.

A burette is used to add the carbohydrate solution being analyzed to a flask containing a known amount of boiling copper sulfate solution and a methylene blue indicator.

Immunoassays Immuoassays are finding increasing use in the food industry for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of food products.

It is therefore necessary to isolate starch from the other components present in the food matrix prior to carrying out a starch analysis. Common Procedures in Sample Preparation and Analysis There are a number of procedures that are commonly used in many of the methods for dietary fiber analysis: Specific enzymes are added to the starch bt to breakdown the starch to glucose.

If a food does contain significant amounts of lignin then another method should be used, e. In its natural form starch exists as water-insoluble granules 3 – 60 m mbut methof many processed foods the starch xarbohydrate no longer in this form because of estimahion processing treatments involved e. Liberal consumption of fiber helps protect against colon cancer, cardiovascular disease and constipation. The major components of dietary fiber are cellulose, hemicellulosepectin, hydrocolloids and lignin.


Semi-crystalline starch is gelatinized by heating in the presence of water, and then the starch is broken down and solubilized by specific enzymes, strong acid or strong alkali. Monosaccharides are water-soluble crystalline compounds. The resulting amino acids are then separated from insoluble fiber by filtration or from total fiber by selective precipitation of the fiber with ethanol solutions.

Selective precipitation of fibers. The amount of precipitate formed is directly related to the concentration of reducing sugars in the initial sample. Water extracts of many foods contain substances that are colored or produce turbidity, and thus interfere with spectroscopic analysis or endpoint determinations. Prior to analysis, the alcohol can be removed from the solutions by evaporation under vacuum so that an aqueous solution of sugars remains. Some anthronne can be digested by human beings and therefore form an important source of energy e.

These methods are rapid, highly specific and sensitive to low concentrations and are therefore ideal for determination of carbohydrates in foods. Monosaccharides and oligosaccharides are soluble in alcoholic solutions, whereas proteins, polysaccharides and dietary fiber are insoluble. As well as being an important source of energy and dietary fiber, carbohydrates also contribure to the sweetness, appearence and textural characteristics of many foods.

The type and extent of these associations determines the characteristic textural properties of many edible plant materials.

Determination of Carbohydrate by Anthrone Method

A gelatinized sample of dry, defatted food is enzymatically digested with nathrone amylase, amyloglucosidase and protease to break down the starch and protein components.

Polysaccharides can be classified according to their molecular characteristics e. Most natural monosachharides have either five pentoses or six hexoses carbon atoms. The majority of carbohydrates found in nature are present as polysaccharides.

The solubility of monosaccharidesoligosaccharides and polysaccharides depends on the ethanol concentration. The carbohydrates are then separated on the basis of their size: This is commonly achieved by treating the solution with clarifying agents or by passing it through one or more ion-exchange resins.

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Adequate intake of dietary fiber is therefore beneficial to good health. Anthrone react with dextrins, monosaccharides, disaccharides, polysaccharides, starch, gums and glycosides. If there are no other components present in the solution that would interfere with the analysis, then the starch concentration could be determined using physical methods, e. A clear aqueous solution of the carbohydrates to be analyzed is placed in a test-tube, then phenol and sulfuric acid are estimatoon.


In addition, GC requires that the samples be volatile, which usually requires that they be derivitizedwhereas in HPLC samples can often be analyzed directly. The RI is also temperature and wavelength dependent and so measurements are usually made at a specific temperature 20 o C and wavelength Carbohydrates are oxidized in the presence of heat and an excess of copper sulfate and alkaline tartrate under carefully controlled conditions which leads to the formation of a copper oxide precipitate: Simultaneously prepare a blank with 1ml of distilled water and 4ml of anthrone reagent.

Some of the methods mentioned will not determine the concentration of resistant starch present in the sample. There is a linear relationship between the absorbance and the amount of sugar that was present in the original sample. The Lane- Eynon method is an example of a tritration method of determining the concentration of reducing sugars in a sample. Analysis of Carbohydrates 7. Carbohydrates can be separated on the basis of their partition coefficients, polarities or sizes, depending on the type of column used.

The fructose concentration is then determined by converting the fructose into glucose, using another specific enzyme, and repeating the above procedure. The fiber content of a food can be determined either gravimetrically by weighing the mass of an insoluble fiber fraction isolated from a sample or chemically by breaking down the fiber into its constituent monosaccharides and measuring their concentration using the methods described previously. Chemical Methods In chemical methods, the fiber content is equal to the sum of all nonstarch monosaccharides plus lignin remaining once all the digestible carbohydrates have been removed.

They are aliphatic aldehydes or ketones which contain one carbonyl group and one or more hydroxyl groups.