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Revista Brasileira de Fruticultura

Print version ISSN 0100-2945On-line version ISSN 1806-9967

Rev. Bras. Frutic. vol.39 no.2 Jaboticabal  2017  Epub July 03, 2017 









2 Phd in Food Science, Federal University of Lavras, e-mail:

3 Phd in Food Science, Professor of the Department of Technology and Social Sciences, Bahia State University.

4 Phd, Professor of the Department of Chemistry, Federal University of Lavras.E-mail:

5 Phd, Professor of the Department of Agriculture, Federal University of Lavras. E-mail:

6 Phd, Professor of the Department of Food Science, Federal University of Lavras.E-mail:


The aim of this study was to evaluate physicochemical characteristics, antioxidant activity, total phenolic, vitamin C and anthocyanins content of grape juices from cv. Isabel submitted to different UV-C doses. The fruits were harvested, sanitized and inserted into a UV-C radiation chamber, where different doses were applied: 0 kJ/m2 (0 minutes); 0.68 kJ/m2 (2 minutes); 2.73 kJ/m2 (4 minutes); 4.10 kJ/m2 (6 minutes). The grape juice was extracted at 75±5°C for 1 hour, using an equipment with steam extraction and submitted to evaluations after 0, 30, 60 and 90 days of cold storage. No significant differences were observed in grape juices submitted to radiation doses regarding the antioxidant activity and phenolic compounds. However, the vitamin C content was affected by different UV-C doses, where there was an increase in the values of the treated fruits during storage.

Index terms Vitis labrusca; phenolic compounds; vitamin C; quality; irradiation


O presente trabalho teve como objetivo a caracterização físico-química, bem como a avaliação da atividade antioxidante, teor de fenólicos totais, vitamina C e antocianinas de sucos elaborados a partir de uvas cultivar Isabel submetidas a diferentes doses de radiação UV-C. Os frutos foram colhidos, sanitizados e inseridos em uma câmara de radiação UV-C, onde diferentes doses foram aplicadas: 0 KJ/m2 (0 minutos); 0,68 KJ/m2 (2 minutos); 2,73 KJ/m2 (4 minutos); 4,10 KJ/m2 (6 minutos). A elaboração dos sucos de uva foi realizada a 75º±5ºC durante 1 hora, usando um equipamento artesanal por arraste de vapor e os mesmos foram analisados após 0, 30, 60 e 90 dias de armazenamento. Os sucos de uva não apresentaram diferenças significativas com relação às doses de radiação para atividade antioxidante e compostos fenólicos. Porém, o teor de vitamina C foi afetado pelas diferentes doses, onde observou-se um aumento dos valores dos frutos tratados ao longo do armazenamento.

Termos para indexação Vitis labrusca; compostos fenólicos; vitamina C; qualidade; irradiação


Grape juices are food products rich in phenolic compounds. Grape consumption and its derivatives are associated with several beneficial health effects, such as: the increase of antioxidant capacity, reduction of oxidized low density lipoproteins (LDL), increase of high density lipoproteins (HDL) (EVANS et al.,2014), improvement of endothelial function (LI et al., 2013) antimutagenic activity (POLONIO et al., 2014), decrease in platelet aggregation (SCHAMATT et al., 2013), and improvement of cardiovascular oxidation (HORT et al., 2012) and neurocognitive function (KRIKORIAN et al., 2012).

Nowadays, consumers require not only safe products but also optimum nutritional quality.

In this context, several recent researches have investigated the relation of the UV-C radiation with different quality parameters of fruits and vegetables, evaluating their possible effects and functional properties (BRAVO et al., 2012). The UV-C radiation is able to activate the plant defense mechanisms, which can interfere in the increase or maintenance of the concentration of nutritional compounds of interest to health, such as phenolic compounds, as well as increasing the antioxidant activity of different fruits (ALOTHMAN et al., 2009).

Several studies have been carried out to evaluate the use of UV-C radiation in fruit juice conservation (FREDERICKS et al., 2011; RAMESHKUMAR et al., 2012; PALA; TOKLUCU, 2013), as well as evaluating the content of phenolic compounds and antioxidant activity in grape juices (CHAUHAN et al., 2011; GENOVA et al., 2012; CAPANOGLU et al., 2013; AL BITTAR et al., 2013), however, there are no reports of the influence of different doses of UV-C radiation in grape juices from the cultivar Isabel produced in the Minas Gerais State, Brazil. Since the state of Minas Gerais is not traditionally known as a grape producer, studies aimed at the national insertion of the product and conservation strategies involving an increase or maintenance of the bioactive compounds present in this juice are necessary.

Therefore, the objective of this study was to verify the influence of different doses of UV-C radiation on the quality of grape juice cv. Isabel, as well as to evaluate the antioxidant activity, total phenolics, total anthocyanins and vitamin C contents during cold storage conditions.


Grape juices from cv. Isabel were experimentally elaborated at the Postharvest Laboratory of the Federal University of Lavras (Lavras, MG, Brazil), using grapes from the 2013 crop year, grown in Minas Gerais. After harvest, the grapes were kept in a cold room at 10±2°C for 12 hours. Subsequently, the fruits were sanitized with 200 mg L-1 of sodium hypochlorite and the berries were carefully separated to avoid injuries. The fruits were inserted in a chamber of UV-C radiation, where different doses of radiation were applied: 0 KJ/m2 (0 minutes); 0.68 KJ/m2 (2 minutes); 2.73 KJ/m2 (4 minutes); 4.10 KJ/m2 (6 minutes). The radiation doses were measured through a portable spectroradiometer (USB-850 RED TIDE) coupled to a R400-7-VIS-NIR (US Bio Solutions Ocean Optics) probe and applied in an anti-reflective chamber. The distance between lamps and the irradiated material inside the chamber was 20 cm, above and below the grapes. Four Ecolume 15 W 09/11 germicidal fluorescent lamps were used in the process. The dose was calculated by integrating exposure time and source power (DIFFEY, 2002).

The elaboration of the grape juice was carried out at 75±5°C for 1 hour, using an equipament based on extraction with steam, according to Rizzon et al. (1998). For each liter of grape juice, 0.8 g of potassium metabisulfite (Synth, Diadema, Brazil) was added. After this step, the juices were immediately bottled in 100 ml glass vials and kept under cold storage (18 ± 2°C) until analysis.

The following analyzes were performed after 0, 30, 60 and 90 days of storage: soluble solids, pH, titratable acidity, soluble solids / titratable acidity ratio, vitamin C, total phenolics, total anthocyanins and antioxidant activity (DPPH and ß- Carotene / linoleic acid).

The total soluble solids (SS) of the juices were determined using an ATAGO PR-100 digital refractometer, being the results expressed in %, according to the AOAC recommendation (2007). The pH measurement was carried out using a Tecnal pH meter (Tec 3M) with glass electrode, according to the recommendations of the Association of Official Analytical Chemists (AOAC, 2007). The titratable acidity (TA) was also determined by a methodology suggested by AOAC (2007), titrating with 0.1 mol L-1 of a sodium hydroxide solution (NaOH), being the results expressed as % of tartaric acid. To calculate the SS/TA ratio, the total soluble solids content was divided by the titratable acidity of the samples.

The levels of vitamin C were quantified by a colorimetric method using 2,4 dinitrophenylhydrazine, according to Strohecker and Henning (1967). The reading was performed at 520 nm using a Beckman 640B spectrophotometer. The results were expressed as mg of ascorbic acid per 100 mL-1 of juice.

The total phenolics were obtained according to the colorimetric method developed by Singleton and Rossi (1965), using the Folin-Ciocalteu reagent, in 10% (v/v) solution. The extraction procedure involved consecutive steps of centrifugation and filtration aiming to obtain a better extraction of the phenolic compounds, as described by Larrauri et al. (1997).

The determination of the antioxidant activity of the juices was carried out according to the scavenging of the DPPH (2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl) radical, according to Rufino et al. (2007a).

To determine the antioxidant activity, the extracts used to determine the total phenolics were used, as suggested by Larrauri et al. (1997).For comparison purposes, the percentage of free radical scavenging (%FRS) was calculated according to the formula suggested by Duarte-Almeida et al. (2006): % FRS = (Ac - Am) x 100 / Ac, where Ac (control Abs) and Am (sample Abs). In this parameter, high values indicate a higher antioxidant capacity of the studied sample.

The evaluation of the antioxidant activity of the juices by the ß-carotene / linoleic acid method followed a protocol recommended by Rufino et al. (2007b). The sample extract was obtained according to the methodology of Larrauri et al. (1997). The results were expressed as % of protection against oxidation.

The analysis of the total anthocyanin content was performed following the differential pH method, proposed by Giusti and Wrolstad (2001), and the results expressed in mg L-1.

The experiment was carried out in a completely randomized design (CRD) in a 4x4 factorial scheme, with four doses of UV-C radiation and four storage periods (0, 30, 60 and 90 days), with 3 replicates. The Tukey test at 5% probability was used to compare the treatments within each time. The polynomial regression models, used for storage time, were selected based on the significance of the F test of each tested model and the coefficient of determination.


The physico-chemical characteristics of the processed products are extremely important as it provides information on the quality and factors that may interfere in the acceptability of the product by the consumer. Table 1 shows the content of soluble solids in juices of grapes submitted to different doses of UV-C radiation.

When the time was evaluated, the content of soluble solids content did not present significant differences ion to time, but the difference was observed among treatments, and juices submitted to the dose of 0.68 KJ/m2 presented the highest mean values (Table 1). For this parameter, all the juices presented below the level established by the Brazilian legislation, which is 14º Brix (BRASIL, 1998). Rizzon and Link (2006), whencarrying out a characterization of Isabel grape juices, also observed a soluble solids content below that established by legislation, with mean values of 12.9o Brix.

Figure 1 shows the values of pH and titratable acidity of Isabel cultivar juice submitted to different doses of UV-C radiation.

The pH presented an increase, especially at 30 and 60 days of storage, and at 90 days, the juices showed no difference between the applied treatments.

According to the values of titratable acidity, the grapes submitted to the dose of 4.10 KJ/m2 presented a lower content of tartaric acid, presenting average values of 0.91%. These values show that all the juices were above the minimum standards established by the Brazilian legislation for acidity, which is 0.49% (BRASIL, 1998). Pala and Toklucu (2013), studying white grape juices and UV-C (12.6 J/mL and 25.2 J/mL) treatments, did not observed significant differences in pH values and titratable acidity.

The presence of acidity in grape juice is due to the content of organic acids, with predominance of tartaric, malic and citric acids, also varying according to the studied cultivar (GIRARD; MAZZA, 1998).The soluble solids/titratable acidity ratio shows a balance between the sweet and acidic flavors of the elaborated juices, being related, among other factors, to the grape cultivar used. It was possible to observe that this variable did not present differences regarding the treatments (Figure 1), differing only according to the time of storage, presenting mean values of 9.47 for the last time of evaluation. It is important to observe that the Brazilian legislation recommends the SS/TA ratio values be between 15 and 45 (BRAZIL, 1998), and that all observed values for this variable in the present research were below the expected, as a consequence of a lower soluble solids content. Rizzon and Link (2006), when evaluating the physical-chemical characteristics of Isabel grape juices, observed a lower SS/TA ratio than the juices from other grape cultivars, such as Concord.

Figure 2 presents the vitamin C content and total phenolics of grape juice submitted to different doses of UV-C radiation.

The content of vitamin C showed significant differences in the time-treatment interaction, and on the last day of storage, juices from grapes submitted to UV-C radiation in the dose of 0.68 KJ/m2 presented higher values reaching 45.49 mg 100 mL-1. The control group presented a reduction of vitamin C levels according to the time of storage, reaching 20,96 mg 100 mL-1, at the end of the evaluated period.

This fact evidences the positive influence of radiation doses on the maintenance of vitamin C contents in grape juices stored for 90 days, since at the end of the storage time, all doses had higher values of vitamin C than the control group.

The total phenolic content (Figure 2) showed significant differences over time, but not between the treatments, reaching mean values of 290.26 mg 100 mL-1. These results are in agreement with Pala and Toklucu (2013), who also did not observe significant differences in the total phenolics content between control juices and treated with UV-C radiation (12.6 J/mL and (25.2 J/mL).

It is important to emphasize that fruits and their products are the main dietary sources of polyphenols, presenting a varied quantitative and qualitative composition of these constituents, due to intrinsic factors such as cultivar, variety and stage of maturation, and extrinsic, such as climatic and edaphic conditions, emphasizing that the efficacy of the antioxidant action depends on the chemical structure and concentration of these phytochemicals in the food (MELO et al., 2008).

The total anthocyanins content of grape juices presented differences over time (Figure 3), showing a reduction along the refrigerated storage, as well as between the treatments (Table 2), and the control group presented the highest values. During food processing, there are some limitations in using UV radiation. When the product is submitted to UV radiation, the surface pigments may undergo photodegradation (Guerrero-Belrand et al., 2009), a fact that may have occurred with the grapes that went through this physical process before juices were produced. Moreover, the natural electron deficiency of anthocyanins makes these compounds particularly reactive, also presenting a great sensitivity to changes in pH and temperature (VOLP et al., 2008). The values of anthocyanins found in the present study are within the range of values found by Vilas Boas et al.(2014), studying grape juices of different cultivars produced in Minas Gerais and observed anthocyanin levels ranging from 120.95 to 1004.35 mg L-1.

The antioxidant activity of grape juices did not presented differences according to the radiation doses, varying only according to storage time for both analyzed methods, reaching average values of 24.83% and 49.25% for % of free-radicals scavenging and % of protection, respectively, for the last evaluated period. Shen et al. (2013), studying minimally processed tangerine submitted to different doses of UV-C, observed that phenolic acids and antioxidant capacity were not significantly affected by the use of radiation. An increase of total flavonoids and phenolics were observed in fruits treated with 1.5 and 3.0 KJ/m2 in the first 3 days, reducing the contents after 4 days of storage.

FIGURE 1 pH, total acidity and soluble solids/acidaty ratio of juices from grapes submitted to different doses of UV-C radiation. 

FIGURE 2 Vitamin C and total phenolics contents of juices from grapes submitted to different doses of UV -C radiation. 

FIGURE 3 Anthocyanin content of juices from grapes submitted to different doses of UV-C radiation. 

FIGURE 4 Antioxidant activity (DPPH and b-carotene/linoleic acid methods) of juices from grapes submitted to different doses of UV-C radiation. 

TABLE 1 Soluble solids content on grape juices submitted to different doses of UV-C radiation. 

TABLE 2 Total antocyanins content of juices from grapes submitted to different doses of UV-C radiation.  


Grape juices cv. Isabel submitted to doses of UV-C radiation did not presented signifficant differences reegarding the antioxidant activity and phenolic compounds. However, the vitamin C content was affected by the UV-C doses, where an increase in values was observed. Thus, it is suggested the use of UV-C radiation in grapes cv. Isabel produced in the Minas Gerais State and processed aiming to increase its nutritional value throughout storage.


The authors would like to thank CNPq, CAPES and FAPEMIG for the supporting the present research.


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Received: November 03, 2015; Accepted: May 13, 2016

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