The antioxidant potential of broccoli powder extract (BPE) was determined and evaluated in goat meat nuggets at three different levels 1, 1.5 and 2%, compared with control and butylated hydroxyl toluene (100ppm BHT). Total phenolics in 5mg broccoli powder was higher (P<0.05) than 100ppm BHT. Free radical scavenging activity of 2.25mg and 3mg broccoli powder was found similar to 50 and 100ppm BHT. Reducing power of 10mg broccoli powder was comparable to the 100ppm BHT. Incorporation of 1.5 and 2% BPE decreased (P<0.05) the pH value of the products. Total phenolics in product with 2% BPE was similar to BHT nuggets. Chroma value of products with 1.5 and 2% BPE was lower (P<0.05) than control and BHT nuggets. Thiobarbituric acid reactive substances number of BPE nuggets was lower (P<0.05) than control throughout the storage. Thus 2% BPE can be used as natural antioxidant in goat meat nuggets without affecting product acceptability.
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