Online Event
September 12-13, 2022 | Online Event
FAT 2018

Phenolic compounds and antioxidant activity of exotic fruits from Cerrado

Eduardo Antonio Ferreira, Speaker at Food Science Congress
University of Brasilia, Brazil
Title : Phenolic compounds and antioxidant activity of exotic fruits from Cerrado


The excess of free radicals in the human body can result in pathological processes. Because of its chemical composition that presents bioactive compounds, among them polyphenols, fruits can be considered potential antioxidants against free radicals. The biome Cerrado (Brazilian savannah) presents exotic fruits with high concentration of bioactive compounds, due to their stressful conditions. Then, the fruits Pitanga (Eugenia uniflora L.) and mulberry (Morus sp.) grown in this biome were studied about their phenolic composition and antioxidant activity. The fruits were collected in the municipality of Luziânia, Goiás, Brazil. The total polyphenols (TP) contents and the scavenging capacity of the DPPH radical were determined. Pitanga presented TP of ~ 900 mg/100g of edible portion while mulberry showed ~ 3500 mg/100g. Radical capture capacity test showed a value for the pitanga of ~ 450 μM TEAC/100 g and for mulberry of ~ 1900 μM TEAC/100 g. High levels of phenolic compounds and antioxidant activity were found. Thus, we verified the fruits pitanga and mulberry from Cerrado of Goiás present high content of phenolic compounds and high antioxidant activity. The results of this work present the first description of phenolic composition and antioxidant activity of these fruits grown in the Cerrado of Goiás.


He holds a Ph.D in Pharmacy from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) (2002), a Master in Pharmacy (UFSC - 2005) and a Ph.D in Pharmacy (UFSC - 2010). Currently Professor of the Pharmacy Course at University of Brasília (UnB)/Faculty of Ceilândia (FCE). He has experience in the field of Pharmacy, with emphasis in Pharmacy, Biochemistry and Clinical Biochemistry, acting mainly in research, teaching and extension, in the following subjects: Phytochemical Studies; Biological effects of natural and synthetic products; antioxidant activities; hepatoprotection and hypolipidemic effects.