Research paper: A validated method for the quantitative determination of sugars in honey using high‑performance thin‑layer chromatography

Researchers from the CRC for Honey Bee Products have recently published a paper in the Journal of Planar Chromatography. The paper presents an innovative and simple way of quantifying common sugars in honey.

Researchers Cornelia Locher, Kate Hammer, and Khairul Islam were involved in the development and validation of a new method for quantifying common sugars (glucose, fructose and sucrose). This newly developed method could be highly effective for the quality control of honey and possibly other natural products and food items.

Abstract: Sugars, in particular glucose and fructose, are the main constituents of honey, comprising up to 85% of its total weight. A high-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC) method to identify and quantify common sugars (glucose, fructose and sucrose) in honey has been developed and fully validated according to the International Conference on Harmonisation guidelines. It allows to determine a honey’s fructose-to-glucose ratio, which is not only an important authentication and quality control parameter, but also an indication of its tendency to crystallise. The HPTLC analysis is easy to perform, accurate, precise, specific and sensitive and requires only minimal sample preparation. With a limit of detection/limit of quantification of 21.98 ng/66.62 ng for fructose, 33.00 ng/100.00 ng for glucose and 21.17 ng/64.15 ng for sucrose, the sensitivity of the method has been greatly improved compared to other HPTLC-based approaches. An additional advantage is the method’s simplicity and fast processing time as it only requires a single development step without plate or sample pre-treatment.

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Citation: Islam, M.K., Sostaric, T., Lim, L.Y. et al. (2020). A validated method for the quantitative determination of sugars in honey using high-performance thin-layer chromatography. JPC-J Planar Chromat. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00764-020-00054-9

Photo: Md Khairul Islam, one of the authors of this research.