COMPARATIVE STUDY ON ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS DISTRIBUTION IN CARROTS AND JUICE CARROTS PUBLISHEDV. Mărăzan1,2, Anghel Iasmina Madalina3, Adina Berbecea2, Lia Rotariu2, Velciov Ariana2, Antoanela Cozma2* USAMVB TIMISOARA email@example.com
The paper is a comparative study on the distribution of some essential mineral elements in carrots and carrot juice. The total concentrations of K, Ca, Mg, Fe, Mn, Zn and Cu from the carrot samples sold in markets in Timisoara and from the juices obtained by processing them in laboratory conditions were determined by the flame atomic absorption spectrometry method. The obtained results show that the carrot samples taken in the experiment contain different amounts of essential macro and microelements, depending on their origin and the nature of the analyzed element: 2710 - 3560 mg/kg K, 235 - 282 mg/kg Ca, 81.5 - 142 mg/kg Mg, 2.12- 3.52 mg/kg Fe, 3.12 - 4.68 mg/kg Mn, 1.87 - 3.06 mg/kg Zn and 0.31 - 0.56 mg/kg Cu. Lower concentrations, but significant enough to be considered in terms of mineral intake were determined in carrot juice: 1890 - 2425 mg/kg K, 65.8 - 80.2 mg/kg Ca, 118 - 156 mg/kg Mg, 2.86 - 3.72 mg/kg Fe, 0.53 - 1.36 mg/kg Mn, 1.78 -2.91 mg/kg Zn and 0.45 - 1.10 mg/kg Cu. The obtained results show that fresh carrots and their juices contain important and appreciable quantities of mineral essential elements for the normal functioning of the human body. Adequate consumption of fresh carrots or carrot juice could cover a significant part of the daily mineral requirement and could be considered as sources of essential minerals.
carrot and carrot juice, essential minerals element, mineral intake.