Journal of Food Science and Technology

, Volume 55, Issue 11, pp 4413–4423 | Cite as

Antioxidant and antimicrobial activity of Agave angustifolia extract on overall quality and shelf life of pork patties stored under refrigeration

  • Julio Cesar López-Romero
  • Jesús Fernando Ayala-Zavala
  • Etna Aida Peña-Ramos
  • Javier Hernández
  • Humberto González-Ríos
Original Article


Agave plants contain different bioactive compounds that are related to different biological activities; however, the application of Agave as a food additive has rarely been evaluated. The objective of this study was to evaluate the antioxidant and antimicrobial potential of Agave angustifolia extract (AAE) on pork patties stored at 4 °C during 10 days. According to the spectrophotometric analysis, AAE contained phenolic compounds and saponins. In addition, AAE exhibited antioxidant activity based on DPPH, ABTS and FRAP assays (94.2, 239.1 and 148.8 µmol ET/g, respectively). Likewise, AAE showed bactericidal activity against Staphylococcus epidermidis (60 mg/mL) and Escherichia coli (60 mg/mL). AAE demonstrated a protective effect against oxidative processes (TBARS and metmyoglobin) in patties compared to the control group. Mesophilic and psychotropic counts showed that AAE exhibited a weak antimicrobial effect. AAE showed a protective effect on redness and lightness (at 3 and 10 days of storage, respectively). Sensory evaluation found that AAE had no effect on the analyzed parameters. AAE exhibited antioxidant activity that preserve quality and extended the shelf life of pork patties.


Antimicrobial Antioxidants Agave angustifolia Pork patties 



The authors thank to Thalia Yamileth Islava-Lagarda for the technical support provided in the laboratory evaluations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Center for Food and Development, (CIAD, A.C.)HermosilloMexico
  2. 2.Unidad de Servicios de Apoyo en Resolución AnalíticaUniversidad VeracruzanaXalapaMexico

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