© Journal Of Chemical Society Of Nigeria (jcsn) . 2010. Vol. 35 No. 2
Publisher: Chemical Society of Nigeria
The Nutrient Composition of The Larva of Raffia Palm Weevil: Rhynchophorus Phoenicis.
M. N. Ogbuagu
KEYWORDS: Raffia palm, Weevil, Larva, Meat, Nutrients.
ABSTRACT:The nutrient composition of the larva of raffia palm weevil has been investigated. The study revealed the presence of high protein content (44.68±0.02%), fat (31.46±0.02%). It has reasonable values of potassium (89.00±0.75mg/100g), magnesium (60.60±1.52mg/100g), sodium (77.51±0.46mg/100g), phosphorus (38.71±0.123mg/100g) but low values of calcium (18.7±2.3mg/100g).The presence of such essential elements as zinc (3.30±0.10mg/100g) and iron (36.53±0.01mg/100g) are also detected. The Ca/P ratio (0.54) and the Na/K ratio (0.87) are good and indicate that consumption of the larva has no adverse health implications associated with high blood pressure. It has moderate values of vitamin A (479.7±0.26 IU/100g), riboflavin (5.9±0.69mg/kg), thiamin (5.1±0.11mg/kg) and niacin (1.9±0.11mg/kg). The larva is therefore, a very rich source of essential nutrients.
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