Quality characteristics of shea butter, vitellaria paradoxa

Hee Seung Nahm, H. Rodolfo Juliani, James E. Simon

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Shea butter is a plant fat extracted from kernels of seeds of shea trees (Vitellaria paradoxa) native to sub-saharan Africa. Shea butter has long been used in Africa as a versatile fat and used as cocoa butter equivalent. Shea butter has gained increasing popularity as an ingredient for cosmetics and personal care products in international markets. The objective of this work is to assess the chemistry and quality of West African shea butter samples to contribute to assessment of the quality of locally available shea butter and development of quality control standards.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAfrican Natural Plant Products Volume II
Subtitle of host publicationDiscoveries and Challenges in Chem, Health, and Nutrition
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780841228047
StatePublished - Oct 4 2013

Publication series

NameACS Symposium Series
ISSN (Print)0097-6156
ISSN (Electronic)1947-5918

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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