Near-Infrared Analysis of Edible Oil

Fats and oils are recognized as essential nutrients in human diets and are presented in varying amounts in many foods. They provide the human body with a concentrated source of energy and supply essential fatty acids that are precursors for important hormones. The quality of edible fats and oils is assessed through parameters such as iodine value (IV), trans content, peroxide value (PV), anisidine value (AV), saponification number (SN), free fatty acids (FFA), and solid fat content (SFC). The traditional chemical and chromatographic methods used to analyze edible fats and oils are labor-intensive, require the use of solvents and reagents, and are extremely time-consuming.

FT-NIR spectroscopic analysis of fats and oils is fast, requires no sample preparation, and can analyze multiple parameters with a single measurement. An infrared spectrum of an oil contains a wealth of information that can be used to determine important factors. For example, the OH stretching region can indicate the presence of moisture or hydroperoxides, the latter commonly measured by the chemical PV test. The intensities of the bands in the CH region and of the ester linkage absorption are related to the average molecular weight of oil, commonly evaluated by SN determinations. The COOH absorption is indicative of lipolysis or free fatty acid (FFA) content of an oil. The presence of spectral features related to aldehydes and ketones, as well as conjugated dienes, suggests accumulation of secondary oxidation products commonly measured by the thiobarbituric acid (TBA) test or the AV test. The isolated trans band provides a direct measure of isolated trans isomers, and the combination of CH cis and CH trans absorptions provides a measure of total unsaturation or IV. The complete spectrum of a refined, melted fat characterizes its overall triglyceride composition, which in turn can be related to its SFC and also provides information about the relative amounts of saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fatty acids in a fat or oil.

Near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy contains combination bands and overtones of fundamental vibrations in the infrared region and provides several practical advantages over infrared spectroscopy. For example, while infrared measurements require direct contact with the sample, NIR can measure oil samples in disposable glass vials, significantly reducing the risk of cross contamination. What’s more, NIR spectra can be measured on-line with a fiber optic probe.
NIR spectroscopy has been recognized by AOCS (American Oil Chemist Association) and AOCS method Cd1e-01 uses FT-NIR to measure Iodine Value (IV). In addition, it proves to be a useful tool in the detection of oil adulteration.

Measured Parameters

• Iodine Value (IV)
• Anisidine Value (AV)
• Linolenic acids (C18:3)
• mono-unsaturation (MUFA)
• poly-unsaturated (PUFA)
• Saturated (SAFA)

FT-NIR analysis of edible oils is fast, requires no sample preparation, and can analyze multiple parameters with a single measurement. Instantaneous results that are comparable to traditional lab methods can be obtained across a wide range of parameters. 

Related Products

Equipped with a temperature controlled transmission compartment for NIR analysis of  liquid products.  Please visit the QuasIR™ 1000’s product page for more details.

The QuasIR 2000 FT-NIR spectrometer can be customized to be used at-line, on-line or in a lab.  Please visit the QuasIR™ 2000’s product page for more details. 

Equipped with both an integrating sphere and a temperature controlled transmission compartment for NIR analysis of solids, liquids and pastes products.  Please visit the QuasIR™ 4000’s product page for more details.

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