Journal Highlight: Physicochemical properties, minerals, trace elements, and heavy metals in honey of different origins: A comprehensive review

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  • Published: Jan 12, 2016
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This review compiles available scientific information on minerals and heavy metals in honey reported from all over the world, measured by techniques such as AAS, AES, ICPMS and ICPOES.

Physicochemical properties, minerals, trace elements, and heavy metals in honey of different origins: A comprehensive review

Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, 2016, 15, 219-233
Md. Solayman, Md. Asiful Islam, Sudip Paul, Yousuf Ali, Md. Ibrahim Khalil, Nadia Alam and Siew Hua Gan

Abstract: Honey is a popular natural food product with a very complex composition mainly consisting of both organic and inorganic constituents. The composition of honey is strongly influenced by both natural and anthropogenic factors, which vary based on its botanical and geographical origins. Although minerals and heavy metals are minor constituents of honey, they play vital role in determining its quality. There are several different analytical methods used to determine the chemical elements in honey. These methods are typically based on spectroscopy or spectrometry techniques (including atomic absorption spectrometry, atomic emission spectrometry, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry). This review compiles available scientific information on minerals and heavy metals in honey reported from all over the world. To date, 54 chemical elements in various types of honey have been identified and can be divided into 3 groups: major or macroelements (Na, K, Ca, Mg, P, S, Cl), minor or trace elements (Al, Cu, Pb, Zn, Mn, Cd, Tl, Co, Ni, Rb, Ba, Be, Bi, U, V, Fe, Pt, Pd, Te, Hf, Mo, Sn, Sb, La, I, Sm, Tb, Dy, Sd, Th, Pr, Nd, Tm, Yb, Lu, Gd, Ho, Er, Ce, Cr, As, B, Br, Cd, Hg, Se, Sr), and heavy metals (trace elements that have a specific gravity at least 5 times higher than that of water and inorganic sources). Chemical elements in honey samples throughout the world vary in terms of concentrations and are also influenced by environmental pollution.

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