Tanuja Ashok Patil1 and Lolly Jain2*
1Microbiology Department, K.J. Somaiya College of Science and Commerce, Mumbai, India
2Associate Professor, Microbiology Department, K.J. Somaiya College of Science and Commerce, Mumbai, India
*Corresponding Author: Lolly Jain, Associate Professor, Microbiology Department, K. J. Somaiya College of Science and Commerce, Mumbai, India.
Received: April 18, 2020; Published: May 28, 2020
In all packaged foods and cosmetics preservatives play an important role. Synthetic preservatives have been reported to be unhealthy and can be carcinogenic too. Thus, natural antioxidants as preservatives are gaining attention because of their remarkable characteristics of prevention of auto-oxidation in fats, oils and fat containing products. Thus, this study is undertaken to extract antioxidants to be used as preservatives. It involves extraction of compounds from sunlight dried fruit peels of Papaya, Watermelon and Kiwi by two methods: cold percolation and Soxhlet extraction methods using ethanol as solvent. In addition to determining antimicrobial activity by agar cup method, qualitative analysis for phenolic content, antioxidant content determination by Folin-Ciocalteu method and reductive power assay methods were also performed. Application of all fruit peel extracts as natural preservative is an important aspect of this study. All three fruit peel extracts were added to freshly prepared face-Cream in different concentrations and further stored. Sensory analysis and efficacy testing of preservatives in face cream was also done to detect its effectivity. Amongst all, Papaya fruit peels showed high amount of antioxidants followed by Kiwi and Watermelon extracts. All extracts showed considerable amount of efficacy as preservative in face cream preparations.
Keywords: Fruit Peels Extracts; Antioxidant Activity; Reductive Power Assay; Phenolic Activity; Preservative
Citation: Tanuja Ashok Patil and Lolly Jain. “Natural Preservatives from Fruit Peels". Acta Scientific Microbiology 3.6 (2020): 152-157.
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