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International Journal of Analytical Chemistry
Volume 2019, Article ID 7619692, 5 pages
Research Article

Evaluation of Selected Essential Elements in Khalas Dates from Date Palm Determined by Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry

1Department of Chemistry, College of Science, King Khalid University, Abha 61413, Saudi Arabia
2School of Allied Health Science, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester LE1 9BH, UK

Correspondence should be addressed to Eid I. Brima; moc.liamg@56miharbe

Received 23 February 2019; Revised 6 April 2019; Accepted 16 May 2019; Published 2 June 2019

Academic Editor: Danilo Corradini

Copyright © 2019 Eid I. Brima. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In terms of nutrition, dates are an important commodity because they are a source of carbohydrates and minerals. Saudi Arabia is the second largest producer of dates worldwide. Khalas is the tenth most popular date type in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), but only limited information related to the levels of essential nutrients in Khalas dates is available. The concentrations of Mn, Cu, Zn, and Se were determined using inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The average concentrations in wet weight were as follows (mg/kg): Mn (2.90 ± 0.54), Cu (1.78 ± 0.64), Zn (1.72 ± 0.42), and Se (0.10 ± 0.06). The calculated intakes (μg/kg bw day) per 100 g dates for each element were as follows: Mn (4.14), Cu (2.54), Zn (2.46), and Se (0.14), which represent 0.14%, 0.51%, 0.25%, and 0.2%, respectively, of the provisional maximum tolerable daily intake (PMTDI) recommended by the EFSA/WHO. It was found that levels of the analysed essential elements in up to 100 g of Khalas dates do not exceed the level set by the EFSA/WHO.