Development and UFLC-MS/MS characterization of a product-specific standard for phenolic quantification of maple-derived foods
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The phenolic contents of plant foods are commonly quantified by the Folin-Ciocalteu assay based on gallic acid equivalents (GAEs). However, this may lead to inaccuracies because gallic acid is not always representative of the structural heterogeneity of plant phenolics. Therefore, product-specific standards have been developed for the phenolic quantification of several foods. Currently, maple-derived foods (syrup, sugar, sap/water, and extracts) are quantified for phenolic contents based on GAEs. Because lignans are the predominant phenolics present in maple, herein, a maple phenolic lignan-enriched standard (MaPLES) was purified (by chromatography) and characterized (by UFLC-MS/MS with lignans previously isolated from maple syrup). Using MaPLES and secoisolariciresinol (a commercially available lignan), the phenolic contents of the maple-derived foods increased 3-fold compared to GAEs. Therefore, lignan-based standards are more appropriate for phenolic quantification of maple-derived foods versus GAEs. Also, MaPLES can be utilized for the authentication and detection of fake label claims on maple products.
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Liu, Yongqiang, Hang Ma, and Navindra P. Seeram. "Development and UFLC-MS/MS characterization of a product-specific standard for phenolic quantification of maple-derived foods." Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 64, 17 (2016): 3311-3317. doi:10.1021/acs.jafc.6b01381.