Journal of the Brazilian Chemical Society
versión impresa ISSN 0103-5053
SOUSA, Rafael A. de; BACCAN, Nivaldo y CADORE, Solange. Determination of metals in Brazilian coconut water using an inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer. J. Braz. Chem. Soc. [online]. 2005, vol.16, n.3b, pp. 540-544. ISSN 0103-5053. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-50532005000400008.
The metal content of coconut water was investigated in samples from different Brazilian states. Ca, Mg, Mn, Fe, Zn and Cu were determined without a mineralization step using the ICP OES technique. Employing optimized instrumental parameters, RSD usually lower than 2% and good accuracy were obtained. LOD values (mg L-1) were: Ca 0.06, Mg 0.004, Mn 0.02, Fe 0.16, Zn 0.008 and Cu 0.006. The concentration ranges (mg L-1) of the analytes in the samples studied were: Ca (107 - 237), Mg (50 - 88), Mn (1 - 5) and Zn (0.04 - 0.18). Considering the Reference Daily Intakes for Minerals (RDI) it was estimated that the nutritional contribution from the ingestion of 400 mL of the beverage corresponds to approximately 7% of the RDI for Ca and Mg and 58% for Mn.
Palabras llave : metals; natural coconut water; ICP OES.