Phytosterol content in seven oat cultivars grown at three locations in Sweden

Kaisu Määttä, Anna Maija Lampi, Jan Petterson, Birgitta M. Fogelfors, Vieno Piironen, Afaf Kamal-Eldin

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The total and individual sterol content in 21 oat samples (seven cultivars grown at three different locations in Sweden) were analysed by gas chromatography after acid hydrolysis. The total sterol content in these oat cultivars varied between 350-491 μgg-1 of dry weight of kernel. The most abundant phytosterol was β-sitosterol (237-321 μgg-1) followed by campesterol (32-46 μgg-1), Δ5-avenasterol (15-47 μgg-1) and stigmasterol (11-21 μgg-1). There was a statistically significant difference in total sterol content between cultivars (p<0.05) but no effect was found for cultivation location. Furthermore when contents of Δ5-avenasterol in hexane-extracted oat oil and acid-hydrolysed oat samples were compared, it was noticed that the content of Δ5-avenasterol was lowered due to acid hydrolysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1021-1027
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Acid hydrolysis
  • Gas chromatography
  • Oat
  • Sterols

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Food Science
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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