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The application of natural antioxidants via brine injection protects Iberian cooked hams against lipid and protein oxidation

Armenteros, Mónica, Morcuende, David, Ventanas, Jesús, Estévez, Mario
Meat science 2016 v.116 pp. 253-259
Rosa canina, additives, antioxidants, cinnamon, cloves, cold storage, essential oils, garlic, ham, lipid peroxidation, lipids, livestock and meat industry, oxidation, oxidative stability, rosemary
In response to the increasing consumers' mistrust in synthetic additives, the meat industry is focused on searching sources of natural antioxidants. Two different sources of natural antioxidants i) a mixture of garlic, cinnamon, cloves and rosemary essential oils and ii) a Rosa canina L. extract, were compared with a commercial antioxidant additive (Artinox®) for their ability to control protein and lipid oxidation in cooked hams after a settling period of 30days and at the end of a chilled storage (150days). The mixture of essential oils was the most effective against lipid oxidation while R. canina L. extracts were the most effective in controlling protein carbonylation at day 150. Accordingly, the use of these antioxidants via brine injection is a successful strategy to enhance the oxidative stability of cooked hams without modifying their physicochemical properties.