The changes in the antioxidant properties of green and black tea extracts as a consequence of processing and storage conditions were e¨aluated through measurements of chain-breaking acti¨ity, oxygen sca¨enging capacity and redox potential. Pasteurisation and storage as well as forced oxygenation in both tea extracts caused an increase in the optical density and a decrease in the reducing power of the be¨erages; both were accompanied by unexpected increases in the chain-breaking acti¨ity of the be¨erages. Simple model systems containing catechin at a concentration similar to that found in the tea extracts were also considered to simulate the effects of enzymatic browning in tea. Possible explanations for the chain-breaking acti¨ity gain obser¨ed in the tea extracts as a consequence of processing were proposed.

Antioxidant properties of tea extracts as affected by processing

MANZOCCO, Lara;ANESE, Monica;NICOLI, Maria Cristina
1998

Abstract

The changes in the antioxidant properties of green and black tea extracts as a consequence of processing and storage conditions were e¨aluated through measurements of chain-breaking acti¨ity, oxygen sca¨enging capacity and redox potential. Pasteurisation and storage as well as forced oxygenation in both tea extracts caused an increase in the optical density and a decrease in the reducing power of the be¨erages; both were accompanied by unexpected increases in the chain-breaking acti¨ity of the be¨erages. Simple model systems containing catechin at a concentration similar to that found in the tea extracts were also considered to simulate the effects of enzymatic browning in tea. Possible explanations for the chain-breaking acti¨ity gain obser¨ed in the tea extracts as a consequence of processing were proposed.
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