Abstract
EVALUATION OF L- ASCORBIC ACID, ?- CAROTENE AND LYCOPENE CONTENTS OF SOME FRUITS OF WESTERN GHATS

Srividya* and Chandra M

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The aim of the study is to evaluate L- Ascorbic acid, β carotene and lycopene contents of 16 different fruits of Western Ghats. The present study revealed that the presence of β carotene, Lycopene and Ascorbic acid in all the fruits of the study. β carotene content was found to be highest in Citrullus lanatus (2023±3.15μg/g) and lowest in Manilkara zapota (65.56±0.23μg/g). Lycopene content was found to be highest in Citrullus lanatus (417.47±0.67 μg/g) and lowest in Anacardium occidentale (70.49±1.81 μg/g). Ascorbic acid content was found to be highest in Syzygium cumini and lowest in Carica papaya. Thus the study suggests that all the fruits were better source of β carotene, lycopene and Ascorbic acid, which might be helpful in protecting the body against various diseases.

Keywords: Ascorbic acid, Beta carotene, Lycopene, Citrullus lanatus, Manilkara zapota, Anacardium occidentale.


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