Influence of the type of container and traditional methods on the long-term storage of honey produced by stingless Scaptotrigona mexicana: bioactive compounds and antioxidant properties



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Antioxidant activity, Container, Honey, Scaptotrigona mexicana, Meliponine stingless bees


Scaptotrigona mexicana honey is characterized by its nutritional and antioxidant properties, but it has a high moisture content that affects its stability during storage. The objective of this work was to evaluate the physicochemical and antioxidant properties by UV-Visible spectroscopy, profile of phenolic compounds by ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry and fatty acids and volatile compounds by gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry, minerals by microwave plasma atomic emission spectroscopy, from honey stored in different containers that, along with traditional methods, are commonly used to increase its stability. Most physicochemical and antioxidant properties were not significantly different from those of freshly harvested honey. The results suggest that the packaging with an exhaust check valve has a significant effect on the decrease in moisture content and water activity, but not on the physicochemical and antioxidant properties for at least 2 yr of storage. These results suggest that the type of container should be considered when storing honey as it significantly (P<0.05) affects its properties and quality.


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Juárez-Trujillo, N., Carrouché, S., Mendoza-López, M. R., Monribot-Villanueva, J. L., Guerrero-Analco, J. A., & Jiménez-Fernández, M. (2024). Influence of the type of container and traditional methods on the long-term storage of honey produced by stingless Scaptotrigona mexicana: bioactive compounds and antioxidant properties. Revista Mexicana De Ciencias Pecuarias, 15(2), 323–343.
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