Antioxidants have been known to prevent oxidation reactions, inhibiting conditions such as cancer and heart disease. The purpose of this IQP is to explore natural and synthetic antioxidants used as preservatives. It was found that both the concentration and the absorption mechanism of natural antioxidants are important in obtaining the maximum beneficial effect. Additionally, synthetic antioxidants used as preservatives have shown evidence of toxicity in animal models, though more research needs to be done to fully understand their physiological effects.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Interactive Qualifying Project
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