Lycopene content and antioxidant capacity of Portuguese watermelon fruits

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Abstract

Red flesh watermelon is one of the main food sources with lycopene as the most abundant carotenoidand has been associated with a lowered risk of prostate cancer. In order to assess health benefits ofPortuguese watermelon, five acessions from the Portuguese Bank of Germplasm were were chosenfor antioxidant quantification and total solids content. Two of the acessions were furthercharacterized for lycopene content. Due to its lycopene and antioxidant contents, accession 6185 maybe considered a valuable germplasm for breeding programmes. The intake of one to three wedges of6185 watermelon accession would provide between 6 to 18 mg of lycopene and 0.18 to 0.54 mmolTEAC (Trolox Equivalent Antioxidant Capacity), which might protect from prostate cancer andother oxidative stress related diseases.
Original languageUnknown
Pages (from-to)2090-2097
JournalElectronic Journal Of Environmental, Agricultural And Food Chemistry
Volume10
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

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