Designing a Functional Beverage Blend for Optimal Antioxidant Activity and its Storage Stability
Designing a Functional Beverage Blend for Optimal Antioxidant Activity and its Storage Stability
Hamza Tariq1, Imran Hayat1, Saima Rafiq1*, Aqsa Qayyum2 and Sohrab Qayyum1
1Departmesnt of Food Sciecne and Technology, Univrsity of the Poonch Rawalakot-12350, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan; 2Food Science Research Institute, National Agricultural Research Centre, Islamabad-44000, Pakistan.
Abstract | The present study was designed to formulate a new antioxidant rich ready-to-serve (RTS) beverage by the combination of different ratios of apple and autumn olive juice (T1= Apple 100% + Autumn olive 0%, T2 = Apple 80% + Autumn olive 20%, T3= Apple 60% + Autumn olive 40%, T4 = Apple 40% + Autumn olive 60%, T5 = Apple 20% + Autumn olive 80%, T6 = Apple 0% + Autumn olive 100%) and to study its physico-chemical profile (pH, acidity, total soluble solids (TSS), reducing sugars, non-reducing sugars, total sugars, vitamin C), antioxidant activity, total phenolics, and sensory evaluation (color, flavor, taste, overall acceptability) during storage (90 days) at ambient temperature for consumer acceptability. An increase in titratable acidity, vitamin C, total phenolics and antioxidant activity was observed with increasing the concentration of autumn olive in the beverage blends while a decreasing trend was observed for pH, reducing sugars, non-reducing sugars and total sugars. Organoleptic parameters such as color, flavor, taste and overall acceptability significantly (p < 0.05) influenced. The TSS, acidity, reducing sugars and total sugars content increased whereas pH, ascorbic acid, antioxidant activity, total phenolics and non-reducing sugar content decreased during storage of 90 days. Overall, the blended drink having 40% apple and 60% autumn olive juice RTS was highly acceptable.
Received | September 20, 2019; Accepted | February 26, 2020; Published | July 26, 2020
*Correspondence | Saima Rafiq, Department of Food Sciecne and Technology, Univrsity of the Poonch Rawalakot-12350, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan; Aqsa Qayyum, Food Science Research Institute, National Agricultural Research Centre, Islamabad-44000, Pakistan; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Citation | Tariq, H., I. Hayat, S. Rafiq, A. Qayyum and S. Qayyum. 2020. Designing a functional beverage blend for optimal antioxidant activity and its storage stability. Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Research, 33(3): 516-526.
Keywords | Fruits blend, RTS beverage, Phenolics, Antioxidant activity
Consumers are well aware about the healthy diet and healthy lifestyle. Dietary guidelines recommend that intake of fruits and vegetables may lower the risk of various degenerative outbreaks (cardiovascular diseases, inflammation, aging related disorders). Therefore, utilization of fruits for the product development is one of the prime objectives of different food industries. Incorporation of fruits into the diet of the consumers in the form of fruit juices is an attractive and easiest option for the food industry (). In modern fruit beverage processing, blending technology is an important tool for the development of superior quality beverage having sensory, nutritional and medicinal properties of two or more plant species (). The main factors that attract consumers for such blended beverage includes attractive appearance, appealing flavor, nutrients retention, medicinal values and other organoleptic qualities which meet the consumer preferences and hence improves marketability of new blended products. The ready-to-serve (RTS) beverages are very popular among different consumers of all age groups because these are easy to carry and consume ().
Apple (Malus domestica) is the most vital fruit produced in world which belongs to family Rosaceae and subfamily Pomoideae. Numerous apple varieties are grown in different parts of the world at higher altitudes but the apple varieties grown at altitude above 2000 m are considered superior quality wise due to more number of chilling hours (). The production of apple in the world is 63 million tones/annum. Apple is grown mostly in China, producing about 41% of the world’s apples (). In Azad Kashmir, certain low chilling fresh varieties have been introduced like Enna, Tropical beauty and Einsheimer. The Banki variety of apple is widely produced in Rawalakot, Azad Kashmir, but it is not preferred by the consumers for its objectionable appearance due to fungal attack. This underutilized variety of apple can be best utilized by its value addition to produce different food products ().
Apple comprises a significant part of the human diet, from dietary and medical prospective. Its significance in daily diet is obvious from an old age proverb “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” as they are a good source of carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, dietary fiber, and biologically active compounds (; ). Many studies have associated utilization of apples with decreased risk of diseases like cancers, heart disease, asthma, obesity and diabetes (). These antioxidants restrain propagation, reduce lipid oxidation, and lessen cholesterol. Phytochemicals present in apple are Catechin, Quercetin, Phloridzin and Chlorogenic acid, which exhibit anti-oxidant activity ().
Autumn olive is also an important fruit that belongs to the family Elaegnaceae and is also called cardinal olive or autumn olive (). This plant was introduced in 1830s from East Asia as a decorative plant. Elaeagnaceae, is inherent to China, Japan and Korea, and is also presented in Afghanistan and India. Additional communal names for the plant include Autumn Elaeagnus, Asiatic Oleaster, Umbellate Oleaster, Aki-gumi and Japanese Silverberry (; ; ). It contains a variety of phytochemicals having antioxidant activity and an extensive array of flavonoids such as anthocyanins, flavonoids, proanthocyanidins, flavonols, phenolic acids and isoflavones (; ). Various forms of carotenoids such as lycopene, α-cryptoxanthin, β-cryptoxanthin, β-carotene, lutein, phytoene, and phytofluene are also present in it (). It has been marketed as a functional ingredient in diets primarily for its abundance of lycopene, which may have antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic activity, and hepatoprotective effects. The utilization of autumn olive has great association with many physiological and health benefits such as prevention of cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes mellitus, hepatitis, fracture, injury, diarrhea and cancer (; ; ). Autumn olive juice is blended with apple juice because of its tartness, poor taste and flavor which was not acceptable for consumers. Some fruits are rich in nutrients and medicinal properties, but are not accepted due to high acidity or poor taste. These fruits can be blended with other fruits to improve their acceptability and make use of available nutrients. Keeping in view the nutritional, medicinal and functional attributes of apple and autumn olive, the current study was conducted to develop apple and autumn olive RTS antioxidant rich beverages. Natural spices were also added for flavors and other desirable characteristics of product. The prepared product was studied for its safety and stability under ambient storage conditions for 90-days.
Materials and Methods
Preparation of RTS beverages blends
The freshly ripe apple and autumn olive fruits were collected and washed thoroughly in running tap water. Fruits were peeled and trimmed with the help of stainless steel knife and then introduced to a juicer machine where extraction of juice was carried out. After obtaining juice, these were passed through muslin cloth to remove impurities and seeds. The blended beverages were prepared by using different combinations of apple and autumn olive as mentioned here; T1= Apple 100% + Autumn olive 0%, T2 = Apple 80% + Autumn olive 20%, T3= Apple 60% + Autumn olive 40%, T4 = Apple 40% + Autumn olive 60%, T5 = Apple 20% + Autumn olive 80%, T6 = Apple 0% + Autumn olive 100%. The production of blended beverage is shown in . Each treatment is prepared up to 400 mL in volume with juice concentration 300 mL, water 100 mL, sucrose (6-12 g) is added to adjust the level of Brix. Citric acid (0.02%) as well as Potassium metabisulfite (0.1%) is added as preservative. Blended beverages were then pasteurized and stored in pre sterilized PET bottles at room temperature and were analyzed for different physicochemical, antioxidant and for sensory parameters at 0,15, 30, 45, 60,75 and 90 days of storage.
pH, 0Brix, titratable acidity (TA) and ascorbic acid
The pH was determined with a digital pH meter (Hanna pH-meter HI 9021 m Germany) at 20 °C as described in . The 0Brix (total soluble solids) were determined by measurement of the refractive index with a digital refractrometer (JEN way) at 20°C as reported in . Titratable acidity acidity was determined by means of a potentiometric titration of the acidity of the juice, with a solution of 0.1M NaOH as mentioned in . It was determined by means of a three replicates. The results were expressed as g/100ml. Ascorbic acid was determined by using 2, 6- dichlorophenol indophenols as decolourizing agent by ascorbic acid in juice sample .
Determination of reducing, non-reducing and total sugar
Determination of total phenolics
Total phenolic content of beverage sample were measured spectrophotometrically according to method as described by . For this purpose, 10% Folin- Ciocalteau’s Reagent (2.5 mL) and 7.5% sodium carbonate solution (2 mL) were taken and beverage sample (0.5 mL) was added. This mixture was incubated at 45oC for 40 min and the absorbance was calculated at 765 nm in the spectrophotometer. Total phenolic contents were measured by using following formula.
Where; “1.13” is the calibration factor obtained from standard curve (Gallic acid).
Antioxidant activity of the beverage samples were determined by DPPH method as described by . For this purpose 0.5 mL beverage sample was prepared and mixed with 1mL of a freshly prepared DPPH solution (0.25Mm) in methanol and 1mL of ethanol in test tube. The reaction mix was permitted to react completely at ambient temperature for 30 min and absorbance of the resulting mixture was measured spectrophotometrically (METROLAB 1600 DR) at 517 nm and converted to percentage DPPH radical scavenging activity. The DPPH scavenging activity was calculated by using following formula.
A0 is the absorbance of the control; As is the absorbance of the sample.
Organoleptic evaluation of beverage samples were carried out by panel of seven judges (). These judges were asked to rate beverage samples for color, taste, flavor and overall acceptability on the basis of 9-point Hedonic scale ranging from liked extremely (9) to disliked extremely (1). Taste is feeling made when an ingredient in the mouth reacts chemically with taste receptor cells situated on the taste buds of tongue. The gustatory cortex is accountable for the perception of taste. Flavor is sensory impression of food or other material and is determined by taste and smell. The flavor of food can be varied with natural or artificaial flavoratnts which affect the senses. These differences between taste and flavor were discussed with panel and each of them was detected by following the methodology as mentioned by .
|Titratable acidity (%)||0.62±0.17 F||0.73±0.03E||0.84±0.03D||0.95±0.01C||1.00±0.00B||1.30±0.02 A|
|TSS (°Brix)||14.6±1.03 A||14.7±1.11A||14.8±1.03 A||14.6±1.75A||14.50±1.09A||14.50±1.81A|
|Vitamin C (mg/100g)||5.8±1.11E||6.5±0.76 D||6.8±1.12DC||8.9±0.88C||9.50±0.21B||10.60±0.76A|
|Total phenolics (mg/g)||5.2±0.32 F||9.2±1.34E||14.1±1.08D||15.5±1.19C||17.60±1.87B||21.30±2.01A|
|Reducing sugars (%)||7.47±0.11 A||7.36±0.13A||7.32±0.11AB||7.11±0.03BC||6.96±0.14C||4.80±0.76D|
|Non Reducing sugars (%)||2.70±0.02A||2.63±0.01AB||2.54±0.01B||2.25±0.01C||1.96±0.03D||1.67±0.01E|
|Total sugars (%)||10.6±1.04A||10.0±1.12AB||9.8±1.08B||9.6±1.13BC||8.90±1.06C||6.4±1.08D|
|Antioxidant activity (%)||24.5±2.06F||27.6±2.11 E||33.8±2.56D||37.2±2.11C||43.50±2.01B||50.10±1.98A|
|Flavor||5.3±1.03 B||5.4±1.04 B||6.0±1.08AB||6.3±0.11A||4.90±1.00 C||4.40±0.14D|
|Taste||6.1±1.11 D||6.5±0.15 C||6.9±1.00 B||7.4±0.47A||5.30±1.32 E||5.00±1.05E|
|Over all acceptability||6.37±1.14B||6.50±0.89B||6.63±0.32B||7.46±1.06 A||5.73±1.15C||4.92±1.74D|
Letters shows means of different treatments and same letters shown a non-significant results while different letters show significant interaction. (P≤0.05).T1: Apple 100% Autumn olive 0%, T2: Apple 80% Autumn olive 20%, T3: Apple 60% Autumn olive 40%, T4: Apple 40% Autumn olive 60%, T5: Apple 20% Autumn olive 80%, T6: Apple 100% Autumn olive 0%.
|Parameters||0 day||15 days||30 days||45 days||60 days||75 days||90 days|
|Titratable acidity (%)||0.82±0.20E||
|TSS (°Brix)||13.40±1.20 F||
|Vitamin C (mg/100g)||10.00±1.10 A||
|Total phenolics (mg/g)||14.98±1.21A||
|13.40±1.48 D||12.9±2.01 E||
|Reducing sugars (%)||6.38±1.32F||
|Non reducing sugars (%)||2.47±0.02A||
|Total sugars (%)||8.80±0.43C||
|Antioxidant activity (%)||46.60±2.14A||
Data in the table, are the average of T1 to T6 samples. Letters shows means of different treatments and same letters shown a non-significant results while different letters show significant interaction. (P≤0.05).
|Sensory parameters||0 day||15 days||30 days||45 days||60 days||75 days||90 days|
|Color||7.45±0.10A||7.06±0.21 A||6.60±0.41 B||6.18±0.14 C||5.70±0.11D||5.26±1.14E||4.95±1.31E|
|Flavor||6.60±0.11A||6.40±0.12A||5.80±0.36 B||5.40±0.32C||5.00±0.21 D||4.60±1.20E||4.20±1.06E|
|Taste||7.40±0.10 A||7.00±013B||6.60±0.13C||6.20±0.15 D||5.80±1.04E||5.40±0.87F||5.00±0.85 G|
|Overall acceptability||7.46±0.13A||7.00±0.31 B||6.60±0.23C||6.20±0.01 D||5.90±1.11E||5.50±1.12E||5.10±0.14 F|
Data in the Table, are the average of T1 to T6 samples. Capital letters shows means of different treatments. Same letters show non-significant results while different letters show significant interaction. (P≤0.05).
The data obtained were statistically analyzed by using two factor factorial Completely Randomized Design (CRD) at 5% level of significance using 8.1 statistical software package while the means were compared by using LSD test as described by .
Results and Discussion
Results of different chemical attributes and antioxidant activity of apple and autumn olive blended beverages are given below.
Effect of treatment and storage on the pH of antioxidant rich RTS beverages
The pH of beverage samples decreased in all treatments by increasing concentration of autumn olive in the beverage (). Gradual decrease in pH indicates the presence of certain acidic substances in the beverage. Minimum pH (3.81±0.07) was observed in T6 while maximum pH was recorded in T1 (4.85±0.12). This decrease in pH might be due to the fact that autumn olive juice is rich source of different organic acids like malic, quinic, citric acid and vitamin C (). The storage intervals also exhibited significant effect (p ≤ 0.05) on pH value of product (). Decreasing trend in pH was observed in all beverage samples (T1-T6) during storage. This may be due to the increase in various organic acids that include quinic acids, tartaric acid and acetic acid during storage as reported by in kinnow juice that raise level of acidity and hence decreased the value of pH. The result of this research correlates with the findings of that studied pear juice and observed decreasing trend for pH during storage.
Effect of treatment and storage on the titratable acidity of antioxidant rich RTS beverages
Maximum value for titratable acidity was noted in T6 (1.30±0.02) while minimum value was recorded in T1 (0.62±0.17) as presented in . Acidity of the beverage sample increased linearly with increasing the concentration of autumn olive in the beverage samples. Minimum acidity (0.62±0.17) was found in T1 while maximum acidity (1.30±0.02) was observed in T6. The autumn olive is rich source of various acids that include pentanoic acid, malic acid, tartaric acid, citric acid, octylic acid and ascorbic acid as reported by that raise levels of acidity in beverage samples. In current study, an increase in acidity level was also observed in all beverage samples during storage () which is due to the formation of acidic compounds and oxidation of reducing sugrars resulting in formation of acidic compounds which raised the acidity level in beverage samples (; ; ).
Effect of treatment and storage on the total soluble solids of antioxidant rich RTS beverages
There was non-significant effect of treatments on the TSS contents of all samples (). However, an increase in TSS contents was observed in samples during storage (). The hydrolysis of polysaccharides (pectin, cellulose and starch into monosaccharide and oligosaccharides) or sugars fermentation may be the reason for the increased TSS contents during storage (). Moreover, moisture loss during storage also leads to increased TSS contents as reported by in bitter gourd fruit juice. The results are linked with who reported blend of Aloevera, Aonla and Ginger juice and find increasing trend in TSS. Similarly, studied fruit juice and observed similar increasing trend in TSS during storage.
Effect of treatment and storage on ascorbic acid (vitamin C) contents of antioxidant rich RTS beverages
Vitamin C content was increased with the increasing concentration of autumn olive in the beverage samples (). Maximum value of ascorbic acid was noted in T6 (10.6±0.76) whereas minimum value was recorded for T1 (5.8±1.11). This increment may be due to the fact that autumn olive is rich source of vitamin C (; ). However, ascorbic acid content of all beverage samples decreased gradually during storage. This decrease may be due to the fact that ascorbic acid is sensitive to heat and is oxidized rapidly in the presence of oxygen hence it might have been demolished during processing and subsequently during the storage period. Similarly, formation of hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) compounds and degradation of ascorbic acid to carbolic acid, dehydro ascorbic acid furfural and hydroxyl furfural in beverage is communal phenomenon involved in decline of ascorbic acid during storage (; ).
Effect of treatment and storage on the total phenolics of antioxidant rich RTS beverages
Total phenolics of beverage samples increased by increasing the concentration of autumn olive in the beverage (). Maximum value was recorded in T6 (21.3±2.01mgGAE/g) whereas minimum value was recorded in T1 (5.2±0.32mgGAE/g). Increase in total phenolics by the addition of autumn olive in beverage samples may be due to the fact that autumn olive is rich source of phenolic compounds (). These results were supported by who studied carrot juice mixed with apple and peach juice and mentioned increasing trend of phenolic compounds in different treatments. The results concerning effect of different storage intervals on total phenolics are presented in (data in the Table, are the average of T1 to T6 samples). Total phenolics were decreased as the storage period prolonged. This decreasing trend is due to the loss of flavonoids which include catechins, proanthocyanins, anthocyanidins, flavones, and their glycoside. There are five major groups of phenolic compounds in apples that include hydroxycinnamic acids, flavan-3-ols, anthocyanins, flavonols and dihydrochalcones (). During storage, some monomeric anthocyanins might have been distorted into polymeric compounds that leads to the reduction of total phenolics as reported by in apple juice. The results of this research are in accordance with who reported decreasing trend of total phenolics orange juice during storage period. Likewise, and also reported decreasing trend for total phenolics during storage in lemon and apple juices, respectively.
Effect of treatment and storage on the reducing sugars of antioxidant rich RTS beverages
Reducing sugar content of beverage samples decreased by increasing the concentration of autumn olive (). Top most value was observed in T1 (7.47±0.11%) whereas lower value was recorded in T6 (4.80±0.76%). Decrease in reducing sugar content may be due to the fact that autumn olive is poor source of reducing sugar as compared to apple juice so by addition of autumn olive juice to apple juice, the reducing sugar contents reduces. These results are in line with the findings of who prepared lime and aonla based blend beverage and reported reduction in reducing sugar. There was continuous increase in reducing sugar in all treatments during storage (; where the data are the average of T1 to T6 samples).). The gradual increase in reducing sugar may be due to the inversion of non-reducing sugar (sucrose) to reducing sugar (fructose) by acid present in the beverage (). The results of this investigation are compatible with who observed similar increasing trend in reducing sugar in guava and papaya blends. Similarly studied sweet orange and ummel RTS beverage and reported increasing trend in reducing sugar during storage.
Effect of treatment and storage on the non-reducing sugars of antioxidant rich RTS beverages
Non reducing sugars decreased in all beverage samples (). Maximum value was noted in T1 (2.70±0.02%) while lower value was recorded in T6 (1.67±0.01%). It is evident that non reducing sugar decreased as the concentration of autumn olive increased. Higher value was reported in T1 (100% apple juice+ 0% autumn olive) due to the presence of more non reducing sugar in apple then in autumn olive juice. also observed similar decrease of non-reducing sugar in yellow passion fruit juices. Non-reducing sugar decreased during different storage intervals as shown in (data in the Table, are the average of T1 to T6 samples). This decrease in non-reducing sugar might be due to the conversion of non-reducing sugar into reducing sugars like glucose and fructose (). These findings are in line with the findings of who reported decreasing trend of non-reducing sugar in bael-guava blended beverage during storage. Similarly, studied carrot-beet root and carrot-black carrot juices and observed decreasing trend for non-reducing sugar during storage.
Effect of treatment and storage on the total sugars of antioxidant rich RTS beverages
Maximum Value was recorded in T1 (10.6±1.04%) while minimum value was recorded in T6 (6.4±1.08%) as shown in . The decrease in total sugar by the addition of autumn olive may be due to the fact that autumn olive juice contain various dominant organic acids and reduced content of total sugar (). reported decrease in total sugar in different blends of lemon and arona juice. The results regarding the effect of different storage interval on total sugars of beverage sample are presented in (data in the Table, are the average of T1 to T6 samples). The total sugars increased in all samples during storage. The increase in total sugars is due to hydrolysis of polysaccharides like pectin, cellulose, starch into simple sugars (glucose and fructose) and loss of moisture during storage (). The findings are in line with who prepared pomegranate and kokum juice and found similar increasing trend during storage. Similarly, studied pineapple juice blend with carrot and orange juice and confirmed that total sugars (%) increased during storage.
Effect of treatment and storage on the antioxidant activity of antioxidant rich RTS beverages
The antioxidant activity of beverage samples increased by increasing the concentration of autumn olive in the beverage samples (). Highest value was recorded in T6 (50±1.98%) while least value was observed in T1 (24.5±2.06%). The increase in antioxidant activity may be due to the fact that autumn olive is rich source of various antioxidants that include vitamin c, lycopene, flavanols and hydroxybenzoic acids (). The presence of these acidic substances in autumn olive results in increase antioxidant activity of beverage. These results are in line to the findings of that blended orange and apple in different ratios. However, antioxidant activity decreased in all samples with the passage of time (). The decreasing trend during storage is linked with the fact of lower content of phenolic compounds and vitamin C that influence antioxidant activity directly. Similarly, studied storage of orange juice and their effect on antioxidant activity and reported decreasing trend activity in juices. In the same way, studied orange juice and detect that antioxidant activity decreased during storage.
Effect of treatment and storage on the organoleptic evaluation score of antioxidant rich RTS beverage
The sensory quality profile of beverage is a prime factor to consider the marketability of product. During storage, it was observed that overall sensorial quality profile of RTS beverage slightly decreased during storage yet remained under the consideration of “Like very much” by panel members. The color of beverage samples increased by addition of autumn olive (). The uppermost value was noted in T6 (7.0±0.78) whereas minimum value was recorded for T1 (5.2±1.01). The improvement in color may be due to the fact that autumn olive is rich source of various pigments that include α-cryptoxanthin, β-cryptoxanthin, β-carotene, lutein, phytoene, and phytofluene flavonoids and carotenoids, lycopene (). These results are in accordance with that also reported the addition of papaya pulp with bael pulp very effective in improving the color of the beverage. Earlier work revealed that decrease in color during storage is due to the degradation, oxidative loss of pigments, non-enzymatic browning and presence of oxygen as reported by (). These results are associated with who studied whey based watermelon beverage and find decreasing pattern for color during storage (; where data in the Table, are the average of T1 to T6 samples). Likewise, studied coconut water and cashew apple juice and stated that color decreased during storage.
Flavor of RTS beverage increased as the concentration of autumn olive increases upto 60 %. Maximum score was recorded in T4 (6.3±0.11) whereas the minimum value was recorded for T6 (4.40±0.14) in which concentration of autumn olive was 80% followed by 100% (). It may be due to the fact that autumn olive is rich source of various acids that influence and retard the flavor of the beverage blends. Hence, results in minimum score by the judges. Beverage blends that decreased flavor may be due to loss of flavoring compounds like Ethyl butanoate, β-myrcene, octanal, linalool, α-pinene and decanal (; ; )
It is evident from the results () that taste of beverage increases as the concentration of autumn olive increases up to 60%. This increase in taste of the beverage may be due to the fact that autumn olive is a rich source of various organic acid (). Moreover, taste is badly affected by increasing the concentration of autumn olive up to 80% and 100%. During storage, there was decrease in taste score (). The decrease in taste might be due to the increase in acidity and production of certain compounds like 3-Hexenal, Linalool and Octanal acids (), that results in tartness and sour taste of the beverage samples (; ).
The comparison of the different treatment values resulted maximum overall acceptability for T4 (7.46±1.06) as best, whereas minimum value was recorded for T6 (4.92±1.74) as shown in . The beverage sample with 60% autumn olive and 40% apple juice showed best acceptable results. Overall acceptability of beverage blends increases as the concentration of autumn olive increases up to 60%. This treatment was considered as the best acceptable by judges because of excellent flavor and taste. Other treatments in which concentration of autumn olive was 80% and 100% showed poor results as they were high in acidity, tartness and sour in taste. After passage of time decrease in color, flavor, taste and development of certain organic acids like citric and tartaric results in loss of overall acceptability of the beverage (; ).
Conclusions and Recommendations
On the basis of above results, it is possible to prepare fruit RTS beverages by blending various fruit juices like apple and autumn olive. Blended drink having 40% Apple and 60% autumn olive juice RTS was highly acceptable. It could be stored at ambient condition in PET bottles for 90 days without showing any symptoms of microbial spoilage. Being antioxidant rich, there is a huge potential of autumn olive blended drinks to minimize the issues of degenerative diseases and to replace the already commercially available soft drinks.
The authors acknowledge the The University of Poonch, Rawalakot for the financial support of the present study.
Hamza Tariq performed experiment in lab. Imran Hayat planned and gave the idea. Saima Rafiq supervised and reviewed the experiment. Aqsa Qayyum wrote the manuscript and analyzed data statistically.
Conflict of interest
The authors have declared no conflict of interest for this article.
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