Physical structures in soybean oil and their impact on lipid oxidation

J Agric Food Chem. 2010 Nov 24;58(22):11993-9. doi: 10.1021/jf102763p. Epub 2010 Oct 22.


The oxidation of edible oil yields both primary and secondary oxidation products (e.g., hydroperoxides, carbonyls, hydrocarbons, and epoxides), which produce undesirable sensory and biological effects. Consequently, the suppression of lipid oxidation in food matrices is of great importance. The rate and extent of lipid oxidation in many heterogeneous foods are strongly affected by the physicochemical characteristics of water-oil interfaces. This study examined the ability of dioleoylphosphatidylcholine (DOPC) and water to form association colloids within bulk oil, as well as their impact on lipid oxidation kinetics. Attenuation was used to show the DOPC and water concentrations at which association colloids existed without altering the optical properties of the oil. Interfacial tension and fluorescence spectrometry showed the critical micelle concentration (CMC) of DOPC in stripped soybean oil was around 650 μM at room temperature. Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and fluorescence probes showed that water had a very strong impact on the properties of the association colloids formed by DOPC. Measurement of primary and secondary lipid oxidation products revealed that the association colloids formed by DOPC had a pro-oxidant effect. The characterization of association colloids could provide a better understanding of the mechanisms of lipid oxidation in bulk oils and provide insights into new antioxidant technologies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Antioxidants / chemistry
  • Chemistry, Physical
  • Lipid Peroxidation
  • Oxidation-Reduction
  • Phosphatidylcholines / chemistry
  • Soybean Oil / chemistry*
  • X-Ray Diffraction


  • Antioxidants
  • Phosphatidylcholines
  • Soybean Oil
  • 1,2-oleoylphosphatidylcholine