Published 2016

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Publication details

Journal : Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry , vol. 64 , p. 487–496 , 2016

Publisher : American Chemical Society (ACS)

International Standard Numbers :
Printed : 0021-8561
Electronic : 1520-5118

Publication type : Academic article

Contributors : Steppeler, Christina; Haugen, John-Erik; Rødbotten, Rune; Kirkhus, Bente

Issue : 2

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Red meat high in heme iron may promote the formation of potentially genotoxic aldehydes during lipid peroxidation in the gastrointestinal tract. In this study, the formation of malondialdehyde (MDA) equivalents measured by the thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) method was determined during in vitro digestion of cooked red meat (beef and pork), as well as white meat (chicken) and fish (salmon), whereas analysis of 4-hydroxyhexenal (HHE) and 4-hydroxynonenal (HNE) was performed during in vitro digestion of cooked beef and salmon. Comparing products with similar fat contents indicated that the amount of unsaturated fat and not total iron content was the dominating factor influencing the formation of aldehydes. It was also shown that increasing fat content in beef products caused increasing concentrations of MDA equivalents. The highest levels, however, were found in minced beef with added fish oil high in unsaturated fat. This study indicates that when ingested alone, red meat products low in unsaturated fat and low in total fat content contribute to relatively low levels of potentially genotoxic aldehydes in the gastrointestinal tract.