The effectiveness of antioxidants can be expressed as antioxidant activity. It can be readily determined using the Rancimat method. This is accomplished by first determining the induction time of a mixture made up of hog fat and the antioxidant to be investigated and then by determining the corresponding time for hog fat alone. The quotient expresses the efficiency of the respective antioxidant and is referred to as the antioxidant activity index (AAI).
This Application describes the determination of the antioxidant activity index of five common antioxidants.