Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 8, Issue 3&4,2010
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Physico-chemical properties of palm oil from different palm oil local factories in Nigeria


F. F. Akinola 1, O. O. Oguntibeju 2*, A. W. Adisa 1, O. S. Owojuyigbe 3

Recieved Date: 2010-07-17, Accepted Date: 2010-10-28


Physico-chemical properties of palm oil from different Nigerian oil palm local factories were determined at varying temperature. β-carotene contents were determined by spectrophotometric method using Spectronic 21D spectrophotometer (digital) at wavelength of 440 nm. Refractive index was determined by using Abbe refractometer while saponification value, acid value, free fatty acid contents, ester value, iodine value and peroxide value were determined by titrimetric method. Results showed that palm oil from Ogbomoso had the highest β-carotene contents, while palm oil from Ile-Ife had the least β-carotene content, which was reduced progressively as the experimental temperature increased.


Palm oil, physical properties, chemical properties, stability, β-carotene, Nigeria

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2010
Volume: 8
Issue: 3&4
Category: Food and Health
Pages: 264-269

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