Characterization of Selected Honey in South-East Nigeria: Theoretical TranslationJournal: International Journal of Environment, Agriculture and Biotechnology (Vol.2, No. 2)
Publication Date: 2017-03-10
Authors : Nwoko C.I.A.; Nkwoada A.U; Ubeh E.O; Njoku A.;
Page : 695-700
Keywords : Honey; bees; honeybees characterization; consumption.;
With the vast honey bee species producing honey for international export and consumption in Nigeria, there is need for theoretical translation of quality assessment and characterization of honey for human consumption. The physicochemical and mineral contents of some selected honey in the five South east geopolitical states of Nigeria was performed for above mentioned application. The results were evaluated with 3D plot to identify the statistical significance of the parameters analyzed. The levels of glucose and fructose were accepted by codex alimentation standard and rejected samples B, C, and G. A correlation of similar botanical origin was demonstrated in sample B, C and G and similarly observed in their moisture content been > 21%. The pH and electrical conductivity showed no significant variation. The codex hydroxyl methyl furfural standard identified samples B, E and L to be “aged honey” or falsified honey in circulation. The 3D plot showed the significant variation of hydroxyl methyl furfural content of samples. A hypothesis was observed when the samples and previously analyzed Nigerian samples were compared; metal concentration levels of Group 1 elements > Group 2 > Transition metals in Nigerian honey and formed an identification trend.
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