Degradation of Tocopherol Molecules and Its Impact on the Polymerization of Triacylglycerols during Heat Treatment of Oil

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The aim of the study was to analyze the influence of the surface area to volume ratio of pressed and refined rapeseed oils on the changes in tocopherol content and polymerization of triacylglycerols during heating. In the study the pressed and refined rapeseed oil was heated at 170 °C, during 6, 12, and 18 h with three different surface area to volume (s/v) ratios (0.378, 0.189, and 0.126 cm−1). During heating, a decrease in tocopherols and increases in dimers, trimers, and oligomers of triacylglycerols were observed. However, the changes were dependent on the surface area to volume ratio used, type of oil and time of heating. The biggest changes were observed in oil with the biggest s/v ratio (0.378 cm−1), and the lowest when the s/v ratio was 0.126 cm−1. The pressed oil was characterized by faster degradation of tocopherols and slower increase of triacylglycerol polymer levels compared to refined oil.
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Kmiecik D, Fedko M, Siger A, Kulczyński B. Degradation of Tocopherol Molecules and Its Impact on the Polymerization of Triacylglycerols during Heat Treatment of Oil. Molecules. 2019; 24(24):4555. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules24244555
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