Dietary lycopene powder improves meat oxidative stability in Hu lambs

Chenchen Xu, Yanghua Qu, David L. Hopkins, Ce Liu, Bo Wang, Yuefeng Gao, Hailing Luo

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The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of dietary lycopene powder on meat quality and the oxidative stability of lipid and protein of longissimus thoracis (LT) in lamb. A total of 30 male lambs were randomly sampled from three feeding groups (control without lycopene supplement, 200 and 400 mg kg −1 lycopene powder respectively) after 3 months of feeding. The muscle samples were taken after slaughter and stored at 4 °C for 7 days. RESULTS: Compared with the control, the results showed that supplementation with lycopene powder gave a higher a * value (redness), and increased the levels of vitamin A and vitamin E. Increasing dietary lycopene powder resulted in a lower degree of lipid and protein oxidation, as evidenced by lower contents of thiobarbituric acid-reactive substance and carbonyl compounds, and higher levels of sulfhydryl groups. CONCLUSION: Dietary lycopene powder is an effective antioxidant that blocks the oxidation of meat proteins and lipids, and has a positive effect on increasing lamb meat quality during storage. © 2018 Society of Chemical Industry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1145-1152
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Issue number3
Early online date09 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - 01 Feb 2019

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