Chemical characterization, fatty acid profile and antioxidant activity of Gustavia macarenensis fruit mesocarp and its oil from the Amazonian region of Ecuador as an unconventional source of vegetable oil

J.J. Reyes Meraa, R. Abreu-Naranjoa,*, J.M. Alvarez-Suarezb and D. Viafaraa

aDepartamento de Ciencias de la Vida, Universidad Estatal Amazónica (UEA), Vía Tena km 2 ½, Puyo, Pastaza, Ecuador

bFacultad de Ingeniería y Ciencias Agropecuarias (FICA). Grupo de Investigación en Biotecnología Aplicada a Biomedicina (BIOMED). Universidad de Las Américas. José Queri y Ave. de los Granados, Quito, Ecuador

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To our knowledge, this study is the first to report on the nutritional characterization, bioactive compounds and antioxidant activity of Amazonian G. macarenensis fruit. The fatty acid profile was determined using a high performance liquid chromatography analysis. The total phenolic content and antioxidant activity were determined using Folin Ciocalteu’s method and by radical scavenging activity, respectively. Moreover, a cluster analysis was carried out in order to classify the G. macarenensis fruit oil according to its fatty acid profile. Seven Fisher linear discriminant functions were obtained from the discriminant analysis. These models allow one to classify new fruits on the basis of their fatty acid profile. A high value for total lipids was obtained (53.57%). Its main components were palmitic and oleic acid. The TPC value (156.49 ± 2.62 mg GAE/Kg of oil) obtained from the G. macarenensis fruit pulp oil is higher than what was reported for some olive oil and Brazilian mango oil varieties.



Caracterización química, perfil de ácidos grasos y actividad antioxidante del mesocarpio de la fruta Gustavia macarenensis y su aceite de la región amazónica de Ecuador como fuente no convencional de aceite vegetal. Hasta donde sabemos, este estudio sería el primero sobre la caracterización nutricional, los compuestos bioactivos y la actividad antioxidante de la fruta amazónica G. macarenensis. El perfil de ácidos grasos se determinó mediante análisis de cromatografía líquida de alta resolución. El contenido fenólico total y la actividad antioxidante se determinaron utilizando el método de Folin Ciocalteu y la medida de la actividad de eliminación de radicales, respectivamente. Además, se realizó un análisis de conglomerados para clasificar el aceite de fruta G. macarenensis según su perfil de ácidos grasos. Se obtuvieron siete funciones discriminantes lineales de Fisher a partir del análisis discriminante. Estos modelos permiten clasificar frutas nuevas en función de su perfil de ácidos grasos. Se obtuvo un alto valor para el total de lípidos (53.57%). Sus componentes principales son los ácidos palmítico y oleico. El valor TPC (156.49 ± 2.62 mg GAE/Kg de aceite) obtenido del aceite de pulpa de fruta de G. macarenensis es más alto que el que se reporta para algunas variedades de aceite de oliva y aceite de mango brasileño.


Submitted: 03 May 2018; Accepted: 28 September 2018; Published online: 8 February 2019

ORCID ID: Reyes JJ, Abreu NR, Alvarez JM, Viafara D

KEYWORDS: Antioxidant activity; Cluster analysis; Edible oils; Fatty acid profile; Gustavia macarenensis

PALABRAS CLAVE: Aceites comestibles; Actividad antioxidante; Análisis de conglomerados; Gustavia macarenensis; Perfil de ácidos grasos

Citation/Cómo citar este artículo: Reyes JJ, Abreu NR, Alvarez JM, Viafara D. 2019. Chemical characterization, fatty acid profile and antioxidant activity of Gustavia macarenensis fruit mesocarp and its oil from the Amazonian region of Ecuador as an unconventional source of vegetable oil. Grasas Aceites 70 (2), e298.

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Gustavia macarenensis Philipson is a species belonging to the Gustavia L. genus, in the Lecythidaceae A. Rich family (Jørgensen and León-Yánez, 1999). It is a native to South America, mainly found in the western part of the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon basin. According to the records of the Missouri Botanical Garden ( web site, this plant can grow at altitudes ranging from 450 to 1200 masl. In Pastaza Province, Ecuador, it can be found between 700 and 830 masl. G. macarenensis is a tree that grows to 25m tall, with a dense, globule to obviate crown, its leaf bearing branches are 5–10 mm in diameter and sylleptic branches are often present. The bark is light grey and almost smooth. Leaf blades are elliptic, oblanceolate, glabrous or coriaceous and 15–61 × 6–19 cm in size. Its petioles are 10–70 × 2–4 mm thick. It has supra foliar inflorescences, sometimes at the end of sylleptic branches, racemes and tan-to-rusty tomentose leaves, with 3–6 flowers (Prance and Mori, 1979). The ripe fruits have a delicious flavor and Amazon natives consume them fresh, in juices or as oil which is traditionally extracted by boiling the mesocarp. Its mesocarp has a smooth, buttery texture like avocado and has a flavor similar to peanuts. The indigenous communities use the pulp as a purgative and the infusion of the bark is used to stop uterine haemorrhaging and the fresh seeds fight dysentery and sinusitis (Prance and Mori, 1979, García et al., 2011).

According to Chow (2007), the potential of lipid material from fruits and fruit by-products is enormous and should be investigated. The application of oil for nutritional, industrial, and pharmaceutical purposes is determined by its fatty acid composition. No oil from a single raw material has been found to be suitable for all purposes, since oils from diverse natural resources have different lipid profiles. It is for this reason that the study of new raw materials for vegetable oil production is so important (Kamel and Kakuda, 2007). New sources of vegetable oil could supplement traditional supplies or even replace some imports. Also, fruits are well-known as a good source of dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins and bioactive compounds (Charoenkiatkul et al., 2016). Many fruits are rich in phenolic compounds, vitamins, nutrients and other bioactive compounds with great health benefits (Charoenkiatkul et al., 2016). Phenolic compounds are secondary metabolites, which are present in fruits and vegetables (Srdić-Rajić and Konić Ristić, 2016). The major polyphenol classes are phenolic acids, flavonoids, and procyanidins. Several studies have demonstrated a close relationship between these compounds and their antioxidant potential (Chang et al., 2007; Muhtadi et al., 2015; Ramos et al., 2015; Javanmardi et al., 2003).

The phenolic compounds’ beneficial effect on the antioxidant capacity of fats and oils is well documented (Owen et al., 2000; Pokorny et al., 2001; Radice et al., 2014; Polychniatou and Tzia, 2018). Many papers have focused on the antioxidant effect of phenolic compounds present in fruits and fruit-based oils, although ascorbic acid, carotenoids and tocopherols also contribute to their antioxidant activity. Antioxidant compounds in food play an essential role as a factor in protecting health. Scientific evidence suggests that antioxidants reduce the risk of chronic diseases including cancer and heart disease. Principal sources of naturally-occurring antioxidants are whole fruits, vegetables and grains (Mishra et al., 2010).

Some species of the Lecithidaceae family such as Gustavo augusta L., Gries neuberthii Macbr and Theobroma bicolor, native to the Peruvian Amazon, comprise an important percentage of antioxidant activity inhibition, proven with in vitro evaluation and compared to synthetic BHT 2,3,4 (García et al., 2011). However, little is known about the data concerning the chemical-physical composition, fatty acid profile and antioxidant activity of the mesocarp and its oil obtained from the G. macarenensis fruit.

The aim of this study was to determine the physical and chemical characteristics of the G. macarenensis fruit mesocarp, as well as the fatty acid composition, total phenolic content and antioxidant activity of the oil obtained from the fruit pulp. Additional objectives were to demonstrate the species’ potential as an unconventional source of plant oil and to contribute further knowledge of the nutritional value of the species in general.


2.1. Collection of fruits and sample preparationTOP

The Gustavia macarenensis fruits were collected from the Amazon rainforest in Pastaza, Ecuador in October 2017 and identified by the botanist Dr. David Neil in the Herbarium of the Universidad Estatal Amazónica (ECUAMZ), Puyo, Ecuador. A total of 20 randomly chosen fruits (about 5.2kg of ripe fruits ripe enough for consumption, physically undamaged and uniformly shaped, well-sized with good color) were collected and the fruit pulp (1.1kg) was manually separated. Before the extraction process, the fruit pulp was dried in a stove at a temperature of 45 °C for 48 hours. Later, it was ground in a mill until particle sizes of 1mm were achieved, in accordance with the ASTM-E1757-01 (2007) using a set of Tyler mesh sieves.

2.2. Characterization of the Gustavia macarenensis fruit pulp and its oil TOP

The fruit pulp was characterised using proximate analysis; while the physical-chemical properties were determined for the pulp oil. The information regarding these parameters is very useful in determining the quality of the raw material as a potential source of vegetable oil in the future. Physical-chemical determinations were performed according to the standardized methods proposed by the Official Methods of Analysis of AOAC International. The standards used in the study are summarized in Table 1.

Table 1. Summary of the methods used for the characterization of the mesocarp and its oil obtained from G. macarenensis
Fruit pulp Pulp oil
Component Standard Component Standard
Total lipids AOAC 920.39 Specific gravity AOCS Cc 10c-95 (09)
Crude fibre AOAC 935.53 Acid value AOCS Cd 3d-63 (09)
Crude protein AOAC 954.01 Free fatty acids AOCS Ca 5a-40 (09)
Carbohydrates By difference Saponification value AOCS Cd 3-25 (11)
Total Minerals AOAC 923.03 Unsaponifiable Matter AOCS Ca-40 (11)
Moisture AOAC 925.10 Peroxide value AOCS Cd 8b-90 (11)
Energy value (Moreiras et al., 2013) Iodine value AOCS Cd 1-25 (93)
    Refractive index (25°) AOCS Cc 7-25 (09)
    Moisture AOCS Ca 2f-93 (09)

2.3. Oil extractionTOP

The Soxhlet Method was selected as our extraction technique, using n-hexane as solvent, and was carried out according to the method reported by Pereira et al., (2017). For each 30g extraction of fruit pulp, the cellulose was wrapped in cartridges and placed in the Soxhlet apparatus. 250 mL of solvent were added, and the system was heated to boiling point. Reflux was held for 4 hrs. After extraction, the solvent was eliminated in a rotary vacuum evaporator (YAMATO, Model: RE200A, Japan) at 60 °C and 500 mm Hg. The extraction yield was calculated as the ratio between the mass of oil obtained and the mass of raw material used. Oil samples were stored at −5 °C ± 2 °C and protected from light prior to analysis.

2.4. Fatty acid profiles of the fruit pulp oilTOP

The fatty acid profile in the oil sample was determined by High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), using a Waters instrument, model: Alliance 2695, equipped with a column symmetry C18, 5µm, 250 × 4.6 mm. In this analysis, the MMQ-HPLC- 09 standard was employed.

2.5. Extraction of phenolic compoundsTOP

The extraction of the phenolic compounds from oil samples was carried out by liquid – liquid extraction using methanol as a solvent, according to the procedure described by Baiano et al., (2009) with some modifications. 2 mL of a methanol:water solution (70:30, v/v) and 2 mL of hexane were added to 3 g of oil and mixed with a Vortex for 10 min. The hydroalcoholic phase containing phenolics was separated from the oily phase by centrifugation (6000 rpm, 4 °C, 10 min). The hydroalcoholic phases were collected and submitted to another centrifugation (13000 rpm, at room temperature, 4 min). Finally, hydroalcoholic extracts were recovered with a syringe and then filtered through a 0.45 μm nylon filter before analysis.

2.6. Determination of total phenolic content (TPC)TOP

The TPC was determined using the Folin Ciocalteu’s reagent method (Singleton et al., 1999). Approximately 0.1 mL of the oil sample was mixed with 0.5 mL of Folin-Ciocalteau reagent and subsequently 7 mL of distilled water were added. The mixture was left standing in the dark for 5 min at room temperature. Afterwards, 1.5 mL of sodium carbonate solution was added and the mixture was left at room temperature for another 2 hrs. The absorbance was measured at a wavelength of 765 nm in a Genesys 10 UV Scanning spectrophotometer model. Gallic acid was used as a standard to produce the calibration curve and TPC was expressed as mg of Gallic acid equivalents (GAE) per Kg of oil (mg GAE/Kg of oil).

2.7. Determination of lipophilic antioxidant compounds (tocopherols, total chlorophylls and carotenoids) TOP

Lipophilic antioxidant compounds were determined using a HPLC system (Shimadzu Corp., Kyoto, Japan) equipped with a Waters 600 controller and a Waters 996 photodiode array (PDA) detector set at an absorbance of 294 nm and equipped with a C18 column (150 × 4.6 mm, 3 μm; Phenomenex) as the stationary phase. Elution was performed with acetonitrile–methanol (90:10, v/v) as eluent mixture at a flow rate of 0.8 mL/min and the run time was 35 min. Samples (five milligrams) were diluted with 200 μL of chloroform and 790 μL of an acetonitrile–methanol (50:50, v/v) mixture and injected manually into the HPLC system. α- tocopherols (1 – 40 µg/mL, y = 2.347x+4.8353, R2 = 0.9821) in acetone were used to produce the calibration curve. For total chlorophyll and carotenoid determination, a solution of 5% of the oil in acetone (80%) was prepared and estimated spectrophotometrically at two different wavelengths (464 nm for carotenoids and 669 nm for chlorophylls) using a Synergy™ 2 Multi-Detection Microplate. β-carotene (0.25 – 4 mg/mL, y = 0.1145× + 0.0235, R2 = 0.9978) in acetone to produce the calibration curve, while the quantification of total chlorophylls was calculated as previously described (Porra, 2002).

2.8. Total antioxidant capacityTOP

Radical scavenging activity was studied using 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl free radical (DPPH) as previously reported by Thaipong et al., (2006). 1.5 mL of oil extract was mixed with 1.5 mL of a 0.2 m Mmethanolic DPPH solution. After an incubation period of 30 min at 25 °C, the absorbance at 515 nm was measured. A Trolox calibration curve was used and data were expressed in Trolox equivalents (mmol of TE/Kg). DPPH scavenging activity (%) = [1 - ((Absol - B2)/B1)] × 100 where Absol, B1 and B2 are the absorbance of the sample, sample blank and oil extract blank, respectively. The values are expressed as the mean of three IC50 values (concentration causing 50% inhibition) of each sample determined graphically.

2.9. Statistical analysesTOP

Statistical analyses were performed using IBM SPSS Statistics v. 24. Data are reported as a mean value ± standard deviation (SD) for three measurements (n=3). In addition, a cluster analysis was carried out in order to classify the G. macarenensis fruit oil according to its fatty acid profile. Ward’s method was used for the formation of the clusters and the squared Euclidean distance for the calculation of the intervals between the groups. Then, a discriminant analysis was applied for the validation of the cluster. In this study, the fatty acid composition obtained from the mesocarp of 35 fruits previously reported by Chow (2007) were used. (See supplementary material).


3.1. Physicochemical characteristics of the G. macarenensis fruit pulp and of the oil from its mesocarpTOP

The outer appearance of the G. macarenensis fruit and the appearance of its different parts are shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1. The outer appearance of the Gustavia macarenensis fruit and its different parts (Upper right: G. macarenensis fruit; upper left: husk, seed and mesocarp; lower left and right: unground mesocarp dried at 45 °C; lower right: mesocarp dried and 45 °C and ground to 1mm particle size).


The fruit (G. macarenensis) is of medium size and the collected samples had an average weight of 258 g. The rind is tough and thick and is lilac to brownish in color mixed with some green shades. When ripe, the fruit is easily split and usually contains four to six seeds embedded in a yellowish edible pulp which is soft and sweet with an exquisite odor much liked by the local people of the Ecuadorian Amazonian basin.

The proximate analysis of the fruit pulp and the physical-chemical properties ofthe oil extracted from the mesocarp of G. macarenensis are summarized in Table 2.

Table 2. Physical-chemical characteristics of the G. macarenensis fruit pulp and of the oil from its mesocarp
Proximate analysis of fruit pulp Physical-chemical properties of oil
Component Value ± SD Component Value± SD
Total lipids (%wt) 53.57 ± 3.05 Density (g/mL at 25 °C) 0.90± 0.00
Crude fibre (%wt) 11.53 ± 0.59 Acid value (mg KOH/g) 3.56± 0.05
Crude protein (%wt) 12.82 ± 0.10 Free fatty acid (g Oleic Ac. /100 g) 1.80± 0.02
Carbohydrates (%wt) 19.73 ± 2.18 Saponification value (mg KOH/g) 186.5± 0.77
Total Minerals (%wt) 2.34 ± 0.04 Unsaponifiable Matter (%wt) 0.79 ± 0.01
Moisture (%) 55.77 ± 0.11 Peroxide value (mEq. peroxide/Kg) 2.14± 0.01
Ash (%wt) 2.34 ± 0.03 Iodine value (g/100 g) 48.05± 0.31
Energy value (Kcal/100g) 626.25 ± 16.1 Refractive index (25 °C) 1.46± 0.00
    Moisture (%) 2.54± 0.03
All the %wt are expressed on a dry basis. Three measurements for all analyses (n = 3).

As can observed in Table 2, the G. macarenensis fruit mesocarp contains a high value for total lipids (53.57%), which is uncommon for fruit pulp, as it usually contains very low levels of lipid material (0.1 to 1.0%). A few notable exceptions are avocado, palm fruit and olives, which range from 6.5–25.5%, 8–74% and 35–70%, respectively (Kamel and Kakuda, 2007). These are recognized as being sources of natural oils and as having several applications. In addition, G. macarenensis fruit mesocarp’s fat, crude fiber and crude protein values are higher than those reported by Devalaraja et al., (2011) for durian (Durio zibethinus) fruit pulp (fat (5.33%), crude fiber (3.1%), protein (1.47%)), which is considered to be a fruit with high nutritional value. The carbohydrate content is similar to that which was reported by Andrade et al., (2001) for the pulp of the Amazonian Annona squamosa fruit (20.95%) and lower than that of durian (27%).

Most of the results from the physical-chemical analyses performed on fruit pulp oils comply with the Codex Alimentarius International Food Standards established for virgin palm oils, which are found amongst the most commercialized vegetable oils worldwide (Commission, 2008). The acid value was determined at 3.56 mg KOH/g oil, which is below the maximum value suggested by CODEX STAN 210 as an essential quality parameter (10.0 mg KOH/g). This parameter is related to oil degradation caused by hydrolysis (Pereira et al., 2017). Moreover, the values for saponification, unsaponifiable matter and density are reasonably inside the range defined for palm oil by Codex Stan 210: 190–209 mg KOH/g oil; ≤ 1.2% and 0.891–0.899 g/mL, respectively. The iodine value of the G. macarenensis oil was lower than 50–55, which is the range reported for palm oil. According to Chow (2007), the iodine value is proportional to the degree of unsaturation, which is in accordance with the unsaturation content of mesocarp oil of the M. macarenensis fruit, similar to palm oil.

3.2. Fatty acid composition and classification of the G. macarenensis oil obtained from its mesocarpTOP

As can be observed in the analysis of the fatty acid profile (Table 3), the oil extracted from G. macarenensis mesocarp has palmitic and oleic acid as its main components. This explains the fact that it has a similar iodine value to that of palm oil (Elaeis guineensis), which usually has a range of 36 to 44% of oleic acid amongst its major unsaturated acids (Commission, 2008). In third place, one finds linoleic acid, although in lower quantities than the two aforementioned acids, whilst stearic, α-linolenic, eicosatrienoic, palmitoleic and margaric acids were present in small quantities of less than 4%. As described above, the statistical classification method known as the cluster analysis was used for making quantitative comparisons between the fatty acid compositions of 35 fruits and the composition of G. macarenensis oil. Figure 2 shows the dendrogram obtained from the cluster analysis of 36 fruits by Ward’s Method based on the fatty acid composition data, in which one can see the formation of 7 groups clearly defined based on their profiles. Notably, G. macarenensis was related to two more fruits: Durio zibethinus (Durian) and Buchanania lanzan (Chironji fruit).

Table 3. Fatty acid profile (%) of G. macarenensis, D. zibethinus and B. lanzan oils
Fatty Acid G. macarenensis mesocarp oil D. zibethinus B. lanzan
Source: (Chow, 2007)
C14:0 (Myristic)   0.5  
C15:0 (Pentadecanoic) 0.10    
C16:O (Palmitic) 42.89 39.8 34.4
Cis-C16:1(n-9) (Palmitoleic) 0.37 8.5  
C17:0 (Margaric) 0.55    
C18:O (Stearic) 3.72 0.8 2.0
C18:1(n-9) (Oleic) 43.30 45.8 62.3
C18:2 (n-6) (Linoleic) 6.48 1.8 1.2
C18:3(n-3) (α-Linolenic) 1.77 2.7 0.2
C20:0 (Arachidic) 0.05    
cis,cis,cis-8,11,14 C20:3 (Eicosatrienoic) 0.76    
Total Saturated 47.33 41.1 36.4
Total Unsaturated 52.67 58.8 63.7

Figure 2. Dendrogram obtained from the cluster analysis of 36 fruits by Ward’s method for the classification of G. macarenensis based on its fatty acid composition.


The durian is an important economic fruit crop in several Southeast Asian countries, where it is known as the king of fruits (Ho and Bhat, 2015). In a few years, it has gone from being a curiosity to an important horticultural crop beyond the regional market, mainly due to the fact that it can be used in so many areas including the medical field and food industry. The fruit of this tree is considered a good source of fatty acids which has multiple benefits for human health (Mariod et al., 2017).

On the other hand, although less studied, is the Chironji fruit, whose kernel oil is used as a substitute for olive and almond oils, while the kernels are commonly used in sweet meats as a substitute for almond kernels (Hemavathy and Prabhakar, 1988). Other studies have reported on the immuno-stimulant and astringent properties of the dried fruits of B. Lanzan (Puri et al., 2000). These fruits are also known to possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities (Shailasree et al., 2012). Pattnaik et al., (2013) carried out pharmacological studies on B. lanzan in wound healing and concluded that it has significant potential. However, it is too early to know if the G. macarenensis has some of these properties and further studies into its pharmacological properties and a phytochemical analysis are necessary.

Based on the application of the discriminant analysis for validating the cluster, it was found that 97.2% were classified correctly. Seven Fisher linear discriminant functions were obtained from the discriminant analysis. These models allow one to classify new fruits on the basis of their fatty acid profile and to determine which of the seven groups they belong to. In addition, it was concluded that of the seven fatty acids considered, 5 were highly significant with a p-value of < 0.01 (16: 0, 16: 1, 18: 1, 18: 2, 18: 3). 14: 0 was significant (p-value < 0.05), while 18: 0 was not significant in the formation of groups with a p-value of 0.619, much greater than 0.05.

The linear models can be expressed as follow:

D1 = −29.724 + 0.057X14:0 + 1.517X16:0 + 0.151X16:1 + 0.182X18:1 + 0.42X18:3

D2 = −51364 + 1.12X14:0 + 0.564X16:0 + 0.038X16:1 + 1.377X18:1 – 0.341X18:3

D3 = −15,364 – 0,349X14:0 + 0,309X16:0 + 0,274X16:1 + 0,252X18:1 + 0,815X18:3

D4 = −25,342 + 0,462X14:0 + 1,097X16:0 + 0,297X16:1 + 0,629X18:1 + 0,19X18:3

D5 = −60,915 + 0,094X14:0 + 1,914X16:0 – 0,043X16:1 + 0,996X18:1 – 0,208X18:3

D6 = −15,521 + 0,613X14:0 + 0,560X16:0 + 0,052X16:1 + 0,659X18:1 – 0,155X18:3

D7 = −133,154 + 13,009X14:0 + 0,642X16:0 + 7,395X16:1 + 0,433X18:1 + 0,474X18:3


Dx: discriminant functions.

Dx:D: composition of the corresponding fatty acid (%).

3.3. Total polyphenol contents, lipophilic antioxidant compounds and total antioxidant capacityTOP

Table 4 presents the total polyphenol contents, lipophilic antioxidant compounds and total antioxidant capacity of the G. macarenensis fruit pulp oil. The TPC value obtained for the G. macarenensis fruit pulp oil was higher than that determined by Tanilgan et al., (2007) in the olive oil varieties of Gemlik, Kilis, Uslu, Tirilye and Ayvalik (from 22.5 to 97.1 mg GAE/Kg). Furthermore, the phenolic contente stimated for the G. macarenensis oil is higher than the values reported by Ribeiro et al., (2008) for Brazilian mango seeds and peels (Mangifera indica L. variety Ubá), which were 82.54 and 57.24 mg GAE/Kg, respectively. According to the same authors, these are 4.6 and 7.3 times higher than those found in the Ubá pulp, respectively.

Table 4. Total polyphenol contents, lipophilic antioxidant compounds and total antioxidant capacity of G. macarenensis fruit pulp oil
Assay Value ± SD
TPC (mg GAE/Kg of oil) 156.49 ± 2.62
α-tocopherols (mg/Kg of oil) 90.23 ± 2.32
Chlorophylls (mg/Kg of oil) 5.21 ± 0.21
Carotenoids (mg/Kg of oil) 2.62 ± 0.16
DPPH (µmol of TE/Kg of oil) 170 ± 2.86
Three measurements for all analyses (n = 3).

However, the values obtained in this study for carotenoids are similar to the contents reported for the Brazilian mango varieties Tommy Atkins, Palmer and Ubá (from 2.5 to 2.6 mg/Kg) (Rocha Ribeiro et al., 2007). Carotenoids have been recognized as a powerful antioxidant (Nwaichi et al., 2015). Dietary carotenoids are associated with health benefits, such as reducing the risk of disease, particularly skin cancer and inflammation along with fighting others cancers, cardiovascular and related disorders and those diseases related to oxidative stress (Johnson, 2002). The antioxidant activity by DPPH assay was determined for the oil from G. macarenensis pulp (see table 4). This value is low in comparison to other fruits. This could be due to different causes, for instance degree of fruit maturity, storage and the conditions of the technique employed.


To the best of our knowledge, this study is the first report about the nutritional characterization, bioactive compounds and antioxidant activity of the Amazonian G. macarenensis fruit. The data reported herein could be used for consumer nutritional education as well as for the fruit’s incorporation into food composition databases. The physical-chemical analyses performed on the fruit pulp oils comply with the Codex Alimentarius International Food Standards. A high value of total lipids was obtained (53.57%), thus G. macarenensis can be considered a good source of vegetable oil. The fatty acid profile of the oil extracted from the G. macarenensis mesocarp contains palmitic and oleic acid as its main components. Moreover, the fatty acids composition of the G. macarenensis pulp oil was compared with that of 35 fruits by means of a cluster analysis and it was concluded that it is similar to that of Durio zibethinus (Durian) and Buchanania lanzan (Chironji fruit). The TPC value (156.49 ± 2.62mg GAE/Kgof oil) obtained from the G. Macarenensis fruit pulp oil is highert than that which was reported for some olive oil and Brazilian mango varieties. However, the oil from G. Macarenensis presented a lower antioxidant activity (DPPH assay) than other fruits. Therefore, this suggests that other antioxidant activity assays must be applied to the oil from the G. Macarenensis pulp in order to support these results.


The authors declare no conflicts of interest.



This research was supported by the Universidad Estatal Amazónica, Puyo, Ecuador and the Universidad de Las Américas, Quito, Ecuador (Grant no. VET.JMA.17.05, 2017).



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