Use of Yellow Pigment Extracted from Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) Rhizomes Powder as Natural Food Preservative
The objective of this study was to extract yellow pigment from powder turmeric (Curcuma longa) rhizomes and to evaluate the preservative/antioxidant activity of oil-soluble yellow pigment at concentrations 0.5, 0.1 and 0.2% (w/w) in soybean oil after accelerated oxidation at for 7 days. Soy bean oil free from antioxidant (control) and with 0.02% butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) (synthetic antioxidant) were used to control. In addition, the effects of combined treatment of water-soluble yellow pigment at ratio 3% (w/w) and gamma irradiation at dose levels of 1, 3 and 5 kGy on the microbiological, chemical and sensory characteristics of chicken breast fillet samples during cold storage (4 ± ) to extend the shelf-life of chicken breast fillets were investigated. The results revealed that the addition of 0.2% oil-soluble yellow pigment caused detectable increments in the oxidative stability of soy bean oil compared with control and other treatments under investigation. The results showed that the ratio of 3% of water-soluble yellow pigment reduced the total bacterial count, Psychrophilic bacteria, lactic acid bacteria, enterobacteriaceae, total molds and yeasts, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus cereus, Enterococccus faecalis and Salmonella spp, was not detected in all treated samples. Also, shelf-life periods were increased up to 39 days for chicken breast fillet samples treated by 3% water-soluble yellow pigment and gamma radiation at dose level of 5 kGy. Thus, these results illustrate that yellow pigment extracted from turmeric rhizomes exhibit strong antioxidant and antimicrobial activities. Therefore the use of these yellow pigment extracts in food is recommended to suppress lipid oxidation and may be useful as natural food colorant and preservative and an alternative to synthetic dyes that are harmful to health.
Keywords: yellow pigment, turmeric, colorant, food, preservative
American Journal of Food Science and Technology, 2014 2 (1),
Received July 31, 2013; Revised January 02, 2014; Accepted February 08, 2014Copyright © 2014 Science and Education Publishing. All Rights Reserved.
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- H., Abdeldaiem M.. "Use of Yellow Pigment Extracted from Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) Rhizomes Powder as Natural Food Preservative." American Journal of Food Science and Technology 2.1 (2014): 36-47.
- H., A. M. (2014). Use of Yellow Pigment Extracted from Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) Rhizomes Powder as Natural Food Preservative. American Journal of Food Science and Technology, 2(1), 36-47.
- H., Abdeldaiem M.. "Use of Yellow Pigment Extracted from Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) Rhizomes Powder as Natural Food Preservative." American Journal of Food Science and Technology 2, no. 1 (2014): 36-47.
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Color is one of the most important sensory qualities as it helps us to accept or reject particular food items. Color is important in consumer perception of food and it is often associated with a specific flavour and intensity of flavor. Color is used to add or restore color of a food in order to enhance its visual appeal and to match consumer expectations (Saltmarsh, 2000). Presently, there is an increased global trend towards usage of natural colours in food, pharmaceutical and personal care industries. Much awareness is created amongst consumers regarding natural products and adopting a more natural way of life. Currently, people prefer natural food, herbal medicines, natural curing practices and even organic farming i.e. without using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. This is mostly due to the rampant use of synthetic chemicals, colors, and derived products that has lead to various human health hazards. Due to the adverse effect of synthetic dyes, all countries have made strict regulations about the permitted colors to be used as food additives (Kappor, 2006).
Consumers are avoiding foods containing synthetic colourants, which lead food industries to replace them by natural pigments. Food colorants may be classified into synthetic, nature-identical, inorganic and natural colorants. Natural colorants for food are made from renewable sources. Most often, the colorants are extracted from plant material, but other sources such as insects, algae and fungi are used as well (Aberoumand, 2011). The advantages of using natural colorants are many as they are eco-friendly, safe for body contact, unsophisticated and harmonized with nature, obtained from renewable sources and also their preparation involves a minimum possibility of chemical reactions. Generally natural dyes do not cause health hazards; on the contrary, they sometimes act as a health cures like turmeric and annatto etc. Furthermore, the use of natural dyes offers no disposal problems (Kumar and Sinha, 2004).
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) rhizome, an important tropical spice, which is a member of the ginger family Zingiberaceae (Aggarwal et al., 2005). The rhizomes of turmeric provide a yellow, flavorful powder when dried and ground and have long been used in Chinese medicines (Joshi et al. 2009). Turmeric has also attracted considerable attention over the years due to its use in the food industry as a coloring agent (Aggarwal et al. 2003). Unlike synthetic dyes such as tartrazine and carmoisine that may impair liver function and cause oxidative stress, many natural pigments are used not only as food coloring, but also as a substance that promotes health and well being by preventing or even healing diseases (Amin et al. 2010).
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a spice commonly used to impart yellow color at household level, mostly for spicy preparation, however its direct use for sweet products is mostly limited due to its typical flavor and taste. Turmeric and its extract have various beneficial effects on human health (Nishiyama et al. 2005). Curcumin, the major coloring principal present in turmeric, can be extracted and used as a natural food color. These pigments can be used as food coloring and flavoring agents in the food industry as substitutes for synthetic dyes like tartrazin (Govindarajan, 1980). Turmeric owes its characteristic yellow color to three major pigments; curcumin (50-60%), demethoxy curcumin (20-30%) and bis demethoxy curcumin (7-20%) (Khurana and Ho, 1988). All these curcuminoids are known to have antioxidant activities (Toda et al. 1985). Some pigments can act as both a colorant and a preservative for food. Amongst these, curcumin is an important natural colorant used in food, which has a wide range of pharmacological activities (Sampathu et al. 2000). It has anti-microbial effects against many microorganisms, especially against Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus (Egan et al., 2004). Moreover, it can inhibit the growth of Bacillus typhi, and Bacillus dysenteriae. Free curcumin has a good preservation effect on cooked mutton, bread and bean curd (Liang et al. 2007).
Thus, The objective of this study was carried out to extract of yellow pigment from turmeric rhizomes and to evaluate the preservative/antioxidant activity of oil-soluble yellow pigment in soybean oil after accelerated oxidation at 65°C. Moreover, the effects of combined treatment of water-soluble yellow pigment at ratio 3% (w/w) and gamma irradiation at dose levels of 1, 3 and 5 kGy on the microbiological, chemical and sensory characteristics of chicken breast fillet samples during cold storage (4 ± 1°C) to extend the shelf-life of chicken breast fillets were investigated.
2. Materials & Methods2.1. Turmeric Rhizome Samples
The dried rhizome of turmeric procured from local market were cleaned and ground to fine powder.2.2. Chicken Breast Fillets
Deboned chicken breast fillets of freshly slaughtered carcasses were purchased from EL-Sharkia Poultry Company at Bilbies City, Sharkia Governorate, Egypt.2.3. Preparation of Yellow Pigment (Water-Soluble and Oil-Soluble Yellow Pigment) Extract from Turmeric Powder Samples
The samples of dry turmeric were extracted using acetone and hexane (2:3 v/v) (AOAC, 2000). The oleoresin-containing solvent (yellow pigment extract) were concentrated by rotary evaporate under vacuum at 40°C and placed in a glass bottle and stored at until used. Then, the water-soluble turmeric yellow pigment or the liquid color was developed from oleoresin (50 mL concentrate) by adding 10 mL of polysorbate (Tween 80) followed by mixing in mixer for 2 min. The oil-soluble turmeric yellow pigment in petroleum ether and hence used for crystallisation. To 50 mL of concentrated oleoresin in alcohol 100 mL of petroleum ether was slowly added and vortex manually for 10 min and allow to stand for 30 min. The top layer was decanted, concentrated under vacuum at 40°C and placed in a glass bottle and stored at 4°C until used (Joshi et al. 2009).
Soy bean oil (Refined and free from artificial antioxidants) was purchased from Arma for food industry Co., 10th of Ramadan, Egypt and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) as a synthetic antioxidant, was purchased from Naarden International Company, NY.
The oven test method was used as suggested by Cocks and Rede (1966).
Preparation of chicken breast fillets blended with water-soluble turmeric yellow pigment.
Samples of chicken breast fillets blended with the best ratio of water-soluble yellow pigment (3%). The samples were packaged in tightly sealed polyethylene pouches (100 ± 2 g) and divided into four groups, the first used was control, second was treated samples at ratio of 3% water-soluble yellow pigment, third irradiated samples at dose levels of 0, 1, 3 and 5 kGy, fourth treated samples with 3% of water-slouble yellow pigment and irradiated at dose levels of 1, 3 and 5 kGy. Then, all samples were stored at cold storage (4 ±1°C) for sensory evaluation.
For irradiation treatments, all chicken breast fillets groups were exposed to gamma irradiation at doses of 1, 3 and 5 kGy using an experimental 60Co Russian gamma chamber, in Cyclotron Project, Nuclear Research Center, Atomic Energy Authority, Abou Zaabal, Egypt. After irradiation, all samples were subjected to analysis.2.4. Sensory Evaluation
Irradiated and non-irradiated prepared chicken breast fillets samples were periodically examined (every 3 days) for their appearance, texture and odor post treatments and during cold storage at 4 ± 1°C to determine the shelf-life of the samples. The panel consisted of ten members from our laboratory and scores were obtained as described by Wierbicki (1985) by rating the above quality characteristics using the following rating scale: 9 = Excellent, 8 = Very good, 7 = Good, 6 = Below Good-above fair, 5 = Fair, 4 = Below fair-above poor, 3 = Poor, 2 = Very poor and 1 = Extremely poor.2.5. Microbiological Analysis
Colony forming units for total bacterial count were counted by plating on plate count agar medium and incubation at 30°C for 3-5 days (APHA, 1992). Lactic acid bacteria were counted by the pour plate over layer method on MRS medium Oxoid manual (1982). Enterobacteriaceae were counted on violet red bile glucose agar medium after incubation for 20-24 h at 37°C Roberts et al., (1995). Total molds and yeasts were counted on oxytetracycline glucose yeast extract agar medium according to Oxoid manual (1998), then the plates were incubated at 25°C for 3-5 days. Staphylococcus aureus was counted using Baird–Parker medium after incubated at 35°C for 24-48 h Oxoid manual (1998). Enterococcus faecalis was counted on kanamycin aesculine azide agar medium using surface plating technique and incubation at 35°C for 16-24 h according to the Oxoid manual (1998). Colonies were considered as Enterococcus faecalis if they were porcelain white and surrounded by a black zone. Bacillus cereus was counted using Mannitol-egg Yolk-Polymyxin (MYP) agar and incubated at 37°C for 16-24 hours as described by Roberts et al., (1995). The detection of Salmonella was carried out using the most probable number technique. After enrichment at 37°C for 24 h in selenite broth, the cultures were streaked on Brilliant green agar and incubated at 37°C for 24 h, then colonies were biochemically examined in triple sugar iron agar (IOS, 1978).2.6. Chemical Analysis
2.6.1. Peroxide Value
Peroxide value was determined according to the method described in the A.O.C.S. (1993).
2.6.2. Thiobarbaturic Acid Value (TBA)
Thiobarbaturic acid values were carried out according those described by Ottolenghi (1959).
Total volatile basic nitrogen (TVBN) was determined as described by Mwansyemela, (1992).
2.6.3. Measurement of Lipid Peroxidation
Thiobarbaturic acid value (TBARS).
2-thiobarbituric acid reacting substances (TBARS) values of the raw ground and cooked meat. The values were determined and expressed as mg malonaldehyde/kg of sample as described by Koniecko (1979).2.7. Statistical Analysis
The obtained data were exposed to analysis of variance. Duncan’s multiple range test at 5% level was used to compare between means. The analysis was carried out using the PROC ANOVA procedure of Statistical Analysis System (SAS, 1996).
3. Results & Discussion3.1. Stability of Soya Bean Oil as Affected by Addition of Oil-Soluble Yellow Pigment Extracted from Turmeric Rhizomes Powder
The oxidative stabilities of soy bean oil with no antioxidant (control), with 0.02% (200 ppm) BHT (synthetic antioxidant) and 0.05%, 0.1% and 0.2% of oil-soluble yellow pigment extracted from turmeric rhizomes powder were evaluated. Oven test was used as a rapid method to detect oxidative rancidity from the reaction with atmospheric oxygen, in which one day storage at 65°C equal to 7 days to accelerate oxidation. Thiobarbeturic acid (TBA) and Peroxide values (PV) were used to determine the oxidative stability.
Table 1. Effect of synthetic antioxidant and different concentrations of oil-soluble yellow pigment extracted from turmeric rhizomes powder on peroxide value (meq/kg) of soy bean oil stored at 65°C for
The results in Table 1 showed that the effect of synthetic antioxidant and different concentrations of oil-soluble yellow pigment extracted from turmeric rhizomes powder on peroxide value (meq/kg) of soy bean oil stored at 65°C for 7 days. The increases of peroxide values are the best predictors of fat deterioration, which could be used to monitor the extent of oil spoilage. The oxidation rate of soy bean oil was reduced by adding of oil-soluble yellow pigment extracted from turmeric rhizomes powder. Oxidation inhibition of oil-soluble yellow pigment extract increased with increasing its concentration in treated soybean oil. Development of rancidity in soy bean oil was affected by temperature and storage time. A gradual increase in peroxide value of treated soy bean oil was observed during storage for 7 day at . The peroxide value of control sample increased from 1.24 to 22.86 after 4 days of storage at . The peroxide values indicated that oil-soluble yellow pigment extract (0.1 and 0.2%) had significantly (higher inhibition of soy bean peroxidation than that of synthetic antioxidants. These concentrations extended the induction period to reach a peroxide value of 20 meq/kg in soybean oil under tested conditions () over 7 days and BHT 5 days. However, there was no distinct difference between synthetic antioxidants (BHT) and oil-soluble yellow pigment extracts 0.05 and 0.1% in inhibition of soy bean oil peroxidation. Maillard et al. (1996) mentioned that phenolic compounds are known to act as antioxidants not only due to their ability to donate hydrogen or electron but also attributed to their stable radical intermediates, which prevent the oxidation of various food ingredients particularly fatty acids and oil. The antioxidant mechanism of curcumin is attributed to its unique conjugated structure, which shows typical radical-trapping ability as a chain-breaking antioxidant (Chattopadhyay et al., 2004). Moreover, Khanna (1999) recorded that the antioxidant property of turmeric was effective in preventing peroxide developments in foods. Lean and Mohamed (1999) also reported strong antioxidant activity by turmeric in butter cakes.3.3. Thiobarbituric Acid (TBA) Values
The effect of synthetic antioxidant and different concentrations of oil-soluble yellow pigment extracted from turmeric rhizomes powder on peroxide value (meq/kg) of soy bean oil stored at 65°C for 7 days are tabulated in Table 2. TBA values gradually increased with an increase in storage period for all soy bean oil samples. Soy bean oils treated with antioxidants had lower TBA values than control. However, the addition of oil-soluble yellow pigment extract (0.2%) lowered the final TBA value after 7 days. TBA measures the formation of secondary oxidation products, which may contribute to the off-flavor of oxidized oil. Duh et al. (1997) reported that lower TBARS (Thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances) during accelerated oxidation of soy bean oil at 60°C in the presence of mung bean hulls extract (100 ppm) than with the same concentration of BHA after 10 days of storage. Jitendra et al. (2012) found that the peroxide value , TBA and free fatty acid values were lowest in turmeric (5000 ppm) and highest in nitrite (200 ppm) in samples of raw minced chicken stored at 4 ± 1°C.
Table 2. Changes in thiobarbituric acid (TBA) value of stored soy bean oil as affected by addition of BHT and different concentrations of oil-soluble yellow pigment extracted from turmeric rhizomes powder at 65°C
Table 3. Sensory evaluation of chicken breast fillets samples blended with different ratios of water-soluble yellow pigment extracted from turmeric powder as natural food colorant
Table 3 shows the results of sensory evaluation of chicken breast fillets samples blended with different ratios from water-soluble yellow pigment (0, 1, 3 and 5% w/w) extracted from turmeric powder as natural food colorant. The data revealed that no different significantly in flavor samples of chicken breast fillets blended with different ratios from water-soluble yellow pigment (1, 3 and 5% w/w) compared with control samples. Moreover, the results showed that no different significantly in color and appearance of control and chicken breast fillets samples blended with ratio of 3% water-soluble yellow pigment. Also, the data illustrated that different significantly in color and appearance samples of chicken breast fillets blended with ratios of 1 and 5% water-soluble yellow pigment in comparison with samples of control and chicken breast fillets blended with ratio of 3% water-soluble yellow. Based on these results of sensory evaluation, the samples of chicken breast fillets blended with ratio of 3% water-soluble yellow pigment had high scores with improved color, flavor and appearance compared with treated samples with ratios of 1 and 5% water-soluble yellow pigment. Jitendra et al. (2012) found that turmeric is a food color; rather it is a functional food additive. This functional aspect of turmeric use in meat foods merits further research.
Thus, the ratio of 3% water-soluble yellow pigment were selected to study the combined effect of gamma irradiation at dose levels of 1, 3 and 5 kGy and ratio of 3% water-soluble yellow pigment as natural food colorant, antimicrobial antioxidant on the chemical, microbiological and sensory qualities of chicken breast fillets samples during cold storage at 4 ± 1°C.
Table 4. Effects of combination treatments between gamma irradiation and the ratio of 3% water-soluble yellow pigment extracted from turmeric rhizomes powder on the microbial load in chicken breast fillets samples during cold storage at 4 ± 1°C
The common causes for spoilage of refrigerated processed meat foods are microbiological deterioration and lipid oxidation; whereas the major limiting factor for frozen products is lipid oxidation, which may affect acceptability of food because of rancidity, and it may decrease the nutritional value by forming potential toxic products during cooking and processing (Maillard et al., 1996). The data in Table 4 exhibit that the effects of combination treatments between gamma irradiation and the ratio of 3% water-soluble yellow pigment extracted from turmeric powder on the microbial load in chicken breast fillets samples during cold storage at 4 ± 1°C. The samples of chicken breast fillets had initial counts of 7.1 x 105, 3.5 x 104 and 2.3 x 103 cfu/g for total bacterial counts, psychrophilic bacteria and lactic acid bacteria, respectively. The high level for initial bacterial counts may be due the possible contamination during handling procedures, dividing and packing of chicken breast fillets samples. Tawfik et al. (2007) reported that control (non irradiated) ready-to-eat cooked beef burger steaks had initial counts of 8.7 x 104 and 4.2 x 105 cfu/g for total bacterial and psychrophilic bacteria, respectively. Mattar and Abdeldaiem (2008) found that chicken burger had initial counts of 2.6 x 106 and 4.1 x 105 cfu/g for total bacterial and lactic acid bacteria, respectively. In addition, Table 4 shows that treatment of chicken breast fillets with 3% water-soluble yellow pigment extracted from turmeric rhizomes powder reduced slightly the total bacterial, psychrophilic bacteria and lactic acid bacteria, whereas irradiation exposure of chicken breast fillets to dose levels of 1, 3 and 5 kGy markedly decreased the total bacterial, psychrophilic bacteria and lactic acid bacteria. Moulds and yeast are widely distributed in the environment and participate as the normal food flora. The initial count of total moulds and yeast and enterobacteriaceae were 6.5 x 104 and 8.5 x 102 cfu/g, respectively, in control samples of chicken breast fillets. Irradiation of these samples at dose levels of 3 and 5 kGy caused decrease in the initial counts of the total mould and yeast which reached 1.1 x 103 and 4.8 x 102 cfu/g, respectively, and there was no colony growth of enterobacteriaceae neither post-irradiation nor during cold storage till 42 day (end of the experiment time). In control samples when total count remove exceeded than maximum acceptable level of 1 x 107 cfu/g (Anomymous, 1991), this leads to the rejection of the stored control samples. In the present study, the control samples were rejected at more than 6 days of storage and accept samples treated with 3% water-soluble yellow pigment extracted from turmeric rhizomes powder till 9 days of storage and 3 and 5 kGy irradiated samples till 30 and 39 days of storage, respectively. Wang et al. (2009) found that curcumin had antifungal activity and spoilage microbes such as Aspergillus niger, Penicillium notatum and Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
The treatment of foods with ionizing radiation in the form of gamma rays can produce beneficial effects such as inhibiting the growth of fungi pasteurizing fresh meat, poultry and seafood and sterilizing spices and food additives (Cleland et al. 2004). The use of multiple antimicrobial treatments for decontamination meat might provide a greater barrier to microbial survival and proliferation of beef by taking advantage of different weakness of various microbial strains (Pohlman et al. 2002).3.6. Food Borne Pathogens
Presentation of outbreak of food borne disease that are caused by pathogenic microorganisms and prevention of microbial spoilage of meat that leads to loss in the human health and economic society are very important (Motamedee et al. 2003).
Table 5 illustrates the effects of combination treatments between gamma irradiation and the ratio of 3% water-soluble yellow pigment extracted from turmeric powder on the on food borne pathogens in chicken breast fillets during cold storage at 4 ± 1°C. It is clear that the 3% water-soluble yellow pigment extract inhibited the growth of Salmonella and active against S. aureus, Bacillus cereus and Enterococccus faecalis. Egan et al. (2004) reported that curcumin is an important natural colorant used in food, and it has anti-microbial effects against many microorganisms, especially against Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. Furthermore, Liang et al. (2007) found that the curcumin can inhibit the growth of Bacillus typhi, and Bacillus dysenteriae has a good preservation effect on cooked mutton, bread and bean curd. In the present study showed that the growth of Salmonella, S. aureus, Bacillus cereus and Enterococccus faecalis was completely inhibited at irradiation dose levels of 3 and 5 kGy, respectively. From these results it is clear that the combined effect of treatment of chicken breast fillets with 3% water-soluble yellow pigment extracted from turmeric powder and gamma irradiation at dose levels of 3 and 5 kGy accepted till 30 and 39 days of storage, respectively. Food spoilage is caused by the action of microorganisms among other factors. The food can be preserved when the basic causes of its spoilage is controlled. The sensitivity of pathogenic microorganisms against gamma irradiation has been extensively studied (Hammad et al. 2000; Tawfik et al. 2007). Wang et al. (2009) reported that curcumin microcapsules had a broad-spectrum inhibitory effect against foodborne pathogens and spoilage microbes such as E. coli, Yersinia enterocolitica, S. aureus, B. subtilis and Bacillus cereus.
Table 5. Effects of combination treatments between gamma irradiation and the ratio of 3% water-soluble yellow pigment extracted from turmeric powder on the on food borne pathogens in chicken breast fillets during cold storage at 4 ± 1°C
Total volatile basic nitrogen (TVBN) is considered stability test and index to microbial decomposition of muscle protein of meat products (Hammad et al. 2000). Table 6 shows that the TVBN in control samples (12.90 mg N/100g) was increased markedly to 28.64 mg N/100g after 6 days. Also, TVBN in chicken breast fillets treated with 3% water-soluble yellow pigment extracted from turmeric powder was increased to 27.53 mg N/100g after 9 days of storage. From this table, it is clear that TVBN in irradiated chicken breast fillets at dose levels of 1, 3 and 5 kGy was increased significantly by increasing the storage period. The combined treatment of chicken breast fillets with 3% water-soluble yellow pigment extracted from turmeric powder and gamma irradiation at dose level of 5 kGy increased the TVBN to 33.42 mg N/100g after 39 days of storage. From Table 6 thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARS) (mg malonaldehyde/kg) of control, treated with 3% water-soluble yellow pigment extract and gamma irradiated chicken breast fillets were increased by increasing the storage period. In addition to its inherent ability to attenuate the reactivity of oxygen free radical species, curcumin has shown to enhance the detoxifying enzyme activities such as glutathione-S-transferase in vivo. Also, Chattopadhyay et al. (2004) found that In vitro, curcumin significantly inhibited the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) like superoxide anions, H2O2 and nitrite radical generation by activated macrophages. It also has decreased lipid peroxidation in rat liver microsomes, erythrocyte membranes and brain homogenates. Tawfik et al. (2007) mentioned that at the end of storage period, TBARS and –SH values of beef burger steaks were further increased. The slight increase in values of TBARs in treated with 3% water-soluble yellow pigment extracted from turmeric powder and irradiated samples compared with control samples. The slight increases in the TBARS may be mainly attributed to the strong antioxidant effect of water-soluble yellow pigment extract which acts as a radical scavenger. Meanwhile, the results illustrated that the rate increases in values of TBARS were lower in treated with 3% WWT samples and samples of irradiated treated with 3% WWT at dose levels of 1, 3 and 5 kGy than irradiated samples at dose levels of 1, 3 and 5 kGy. This may be due to effect of addition of water-soluble yellow pigment to samples under investigation before its irradiated probably may be delayed the lipid oxidation in these samples. Cousins et al. (2007) curcuminoids, such as curcumin, demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin, are yellowish turmeric pigments, and have antioxidative, anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antihepatotoxic and hypocholesterolemic activities. These curcuminoids are major antioxidative compounds of turmeric. The acceptability limit of TBARS value in this study was 1.0. Earlier workers reported that meat sample containing TBARS value less than 1 possesses no off odor (Tarladgis et al. 1960). Meanwhile, Jayasingh et al. (2002) reported that for secondary oxidation products, such as, TBA, no legal threshold exists, but a limit of 1 mg malonaldehyde/kg meat has been suggested for sensory perceived rancidity.
Table 6. Effects of combination treatments between gamma irradiation and the ratio of 3% water-soluble yellow pigment extracted from turmeric powder on the on some chemical characteristics of chicken breast fillets during cold storage at 4 ± 1°C
Sensory attributes for appearance, odor and texture of chicken breast fillets as affected by combined treatments between water-soluble yellow pigment extracted from turmeric powder (3% WWT) and gamma irradiation during cold storage (4 ± 1°C) are shown in Table 7. Sensory evaluation showed that gamma irradiation and treatment with 3% WWT was better in appearance, odor and texture than control samples. The results indicated that the irradiated samples at dose level of 5 kGy and treated with 3% WWT were effective to ensure safety of chicken breast fillets samples at the end of 39 days of storage at 4 ± 1°C. Upon cold storage, samples of control and treated with 3% water-soluble yellow pigment extracted from turmeric powder similar scores till the detection off odor and their total bacterial count more than 1 x 107 cfu/g and their rejection on day 6 and 12 of storage, respectively. While, samples of combined treatments treated with 3% WWT and gamma irradiation at doses of 0, 1, 3 and 5 kGy were scored as good samples their rejection due to increasing their total bacterial count reached to more than 1 x 107 cfu/g on day 24, 33 and 42 of storage, respectively. Hammad et al. (2003) and Tawfik et al. (2007) reported that the panelists could be not differentiate between irradiated minced meat at low dose of radiation (3 kGy) and the quality was accepted during period storage of 30 days. Maurya et al. (2010) observed that turmeric showed a significant effect in controlling oxidative rancidity of fat of carabeef pastirma.
Table 7. Sensory attributes of chicken breast fillets as affected by combined treatments between water-soluble yellow pigment extracted from turmeric powder (3% WWT) and gamma irradiation during cold storage (4 ± 1°C)
Generally, it can be concluded that the yellow pigment extracted from turmeric powder can be used as good natural preservative (antioxidant and antimicrobial) and source to develop yellow color with desirable properties for samples under investigation such as soy bean oil and chicken breast fillets stored under refrigeration (4 ± 1°C). Thus, this study recommended that yellow pigment extracted from turmeric powder is useful as natural food colorant and preservative in many products and an alternative to synthetic dyes that are harmful to health.
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