Discrimination of origin of sesame oils using fatty acid and lignan profiles in combination with canonical discriminant analysis

Hyeonjin Jeon, In-Hwan Kim, Chan Lee, Hee Don Choi, Byung Hee Kim, Casimir C. Akoh

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The aims of this study were to investigate total fatty acid composition and lignan contents of Korean, Chinese and Indian roasted sesame oils and to differentiate the geographic origins of the oils using analytical data in combination with canonical discriminant analysis. The analytical data were obtained from 84 oil samples that were prepared from 51 Korean, 19 Chinese, and 14 Indian white sesame seeds harvested during 2010 and 2011 and distributed in Korea during the same period. Six variables selected for the discriminant analysis were the contents of three fatty acids (linoleic, oleic, and palmitic) and three lignans (sesamin, sesamolin, and sesamol). A good discrimination between sesame oils from Korea, China, and India was achieved by applying two canonical discriminant functions, with 97.6 % of the samples correctly classified into the geographic origin. When the origins of five commercial oil samples (one was prepared from Korean sesame seeds and the other four were made from imported sesame seeds) were predicted using discriminant functions, the Korean sesame oil was accurately distinguished from the others.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-347
Number of pages11
JournalJAOCS, Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan 1



  • Canonical discriminant analysis
  • Geographical origin
  • Linoleic acid
  • Oleic acid
  • Palmitic acid
  • Roasted sesame oil
  • Sesamin
  • Sesamol
  • Sesamolin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Organic Chemistry

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