Determination of total carbohydrates by anthrone method. Carbohydrates are the important components of storage and structural materials in the plants. Recently, Morse4 and Morris5 have described the use of anthrone for the quantitative estimation of carbohydrates. This method is both quicker and. The precise method of carbohydrate isolation depends on the carbohydrate type, solution as this would cause an underestimation of the carbohydrate content. The Anthrone method is an example of a colorimetric method of determining.

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Common Procedures carbohyydrate Sample Preparation and Analysis There are a number of procedures that are commonly used in many of the methods for dietary fiber analysis: Analysis of Starch Starch is the most common digestible polysaccharide found in foods, and is therefore a major source of energy in our diets.

These indigestible polysaccharides form part of a group of anthroen known as dietary fiber, which also includes lignin which is a polymer of aromatic molecules.


A clear aqueous solution of the carbohydrates to be analyzed is placed in a test-tube, then phenol and sulfuric acid are added. In addition, little sample preparation is usually required. The concentration of insoluble and soluble dietary fiber can also be determined by this method, using similar carbohydraate steps as for the total, insoluble and soluble gravimetric method mentioned above.

Classification of Carbohydrates Monosaccharides Monosaccharides are water-soluble crystalline compounds. The basic units of carbohydrates are Yb.

Once the starch has been extracted there are a number of ways to determine its concentration: The concentration of precipitate present can be determined gravimetrically by filtration, drying and weighingor titrimetrically by redissolving the precipitate and titrating with a suitable indicator. The starch concentration is calculated from the glucose concentration. Thus the carbohydrate concentration ajthrone be determined by measuring density, e.

The fiber is then hydrolyzed using a concentrated sulfuric acid solution to break it down into its constituent monosaccharideswhose concentration is determined using the methods described previously, e. The sulfuric acid causes all anthtone sugars to be converted to reducing sugars, so that this method determines the total sugars present.


It is carbohydrste associated with cellulose and hemicelluloses in plant cell-walls. Nevertheless, this method carbohydratr lead to erroneous results due to experimental errors in any of the other methods, and so it is usually better to directly measure the carbohydrate content for accurate measurements.

Lignin is a non-carbohydrate polymer that consists of anthroone 40 aromatic subunits which are covalently linked. While calculating the sugar concentration in the unknown sample, the dilution factor has to be taken into account. Infrared A material absorbs infrared due to vibration or rotation of molecular groups. Various other enzymatic methods are available for determining the concentration of other monosaccharides and oligosaccharides, e. The fructose concentration is then determined by converting the fructose into glucose, using another specific enzyme, and repeating the above procedure.

The monosaccharides and oligosaccharides are soluble in the ethanol solution, while the starch is insoluble. Disaccharides consist of two monomers, whereas trisaccharides consist of three. Molecules in which the carbohydrates are covalently attached to proteins are known as methocwhereas those in which the carbohydrates are covalently attached to lipids are known as glycolipids. Pure ethanol is added to the solution to precipitate the fiber, which is separated from the digest by centrifugation, and is then washed and dried.

The amount of precipitate formed is directly related to the concentration of reducing sugars in the initial sample. Carbohydrates are oxidized in the presence of heat and an excess of copper sulfate and alkaline tartrate under carefully controlled carbhydrate which leads to the formation of a copper oxide precipitate: On the other hand, many foods contain carbohydrates that are physically associated or chemically bound to other components, e.

In particular, starch is often present in a semi-crystalline form granular or retrograded starch that is inaccessible to the chemical reagents used to determine its concentration.

Anthrone Method for Determination of Carbohydrate

Some polysaccharides can be digested by human beings and therefore form an important source of energy e. Carbohydrates can also be separated by electrophoresis after they have been derivitized to make them electrically charged, e. Carbohyydrate solution is then allowed to cool and its absorbance is measured at nm. Density The density of a material is its mass divided by its volume.

Construct a calibration curve on a graph paper, by plotting the glucose concentration 10 to mg on x-axis and absorbance at nm on the y-axis. A number of chemical methods used to determine monosaccharides and oligosaccharides are based on the fact that many of these substances are reducing agents that can react with other components to yield precipitates or colored complexes which can be quantified.


Liquid foods can be setimation directly, whereas solid foods have to be dissolved in water first. The maltose and sucrose are broken down into estimattion constituent monosaccharides by the enzyme a- glucosidase: A polarimeter is a device that measures the angle that plane polarized light is rotated on passing through a solution.

This is commonly achieved by treating the solution with clarifying agents or by passing it through one or more ion-exchange resins. But they yields of estimqtion where is to form carbohydrate to carbohydrate.

The solution turns a yellow-orange color as a result of the interaction between the carbohydrates and the phenol. The glucose is then separated from insoluble fiber by filtration or separated from total fiber by selective precipitation of the fiber with ethanol carbihydrate.

Analytical methods based on enzymes rely on their ability to catalyze specific reactions. Physical Methods Many carbohydraye physical methods have been used to determine the carbohydrate concentration of foods. The precise method of carbohydrate isolation depends on the carbohydrate type, the food matrix type and the purpose of analysis, however, there are some procedures that are common to many isolation techniques.

The reducing sugars in the carbohydrate solution react with the copper sulfate present in the flask.

Determination of Carbohydrate by Anthrone Method

This mehod is quick and simple to carry out and can be performed with simple hand-held instruments. The sample is mixed with sulfuric acid and the anthrone reagent and then boiled until the reaction is completed. Lignin Lignin is a non-carbohydrate polymer that consists of about 40 aromatic subunits which are covalently linked.