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Use of Lycopene, an Antioxidant Carotinoid, in Laying Hens for Egg Yolk Pigmentation
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Use of Lycopene, an Antioxidant Carotinoid, in Laying Hens for Egg Yolk Pigmentation
Kang, D.-K.; Kim, S.-I.; Cho, C.-H.; Yim, Y.-H.; Kim, H.-S.;
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The possibility of lycopene affecting egg yolk pigmentation was studied with lycopene diets containing 0, 4, 8, and meal, respectively. The addition of lycopene above meal significantly improved yolk color after four days of supplementation. The transfer of lycopene into egg yolk was confirmed by thin layer chromatography, and high-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS). The deposition rate of lycopene into egg yolk was approximately 2%, which was quantitatively determined using a HPLC with a UV detector. The result indicates that lycopene is a good candidate for egg yolk pigmentation and for making functional eggs.
Lycopene;HPLC-MS;Egg Yolk;Pigmentation;Deposition Rate;
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