Publisher: Bachudo Science Co. Ltd

Nutrient Composition of Five "Draw" Leafy Vegetables of Adamawa State, Nigeria

J. U. Ijomah, E. C. Igwe, A. Audu
KEYWORDS: "Draw-leaves", Nutrition, Vegetables, Nutrient composition

ABSTRACT:

The Nutrient Composition of five "draw" plan leaves namely Sesamam mdicum, Adansonia digitata, Corchorus olitorius, Hibiscus esculentus and Corchorus esthuens was investigated. The moisture contents are comparatively high with quantities not more than 794.0 ±5.4lmgg·1 while the ash levels are low (14.4 ± 0.38 - 29.9 ± 0.67 mgg -1) but enough to supplement the required vegetable ash index (3%) for the body. The crude protein contents are significantly low 58.8 ± 0.06 - 127.5 ± 1.05 mgg ·1 but sufficient enough as complementary to the starch-based food of the population of the area. The ascorbic acid contents are highest for A. digitata (856.8 ± 4.08 mgg -1) and C. Olitorius (571.2 ± 3.01 mgg -1), and could serve as a source of vitamin C for the body. The presence of high calcium content in H. esculentus seems to suggest why the sample possesses higher "drawability".


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