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Journal of Biological Sciences
  Year: 2008 | Volume: 8 | Issue: 7 | Page No.: 1221-1225
DOI: 10.3923/jbs.2008.1221.1225
Rhynchophorus phoenicis (F) Larva Meal: Nutritional Value and Health Implications
C.C. Okaraonye and J.C. Ikewuchi

Proximate and chemical analysis was carried out on the larva, larval protein and oil, of Rhynchophorus phoenicis (F.). The chemical score of the protein was evaluated. A high total carbohydrate (35.58% wet weight) and protein (31.61% wet weight) content was observed. The protein was rich in the essential amino acids (with histidine, methionine and phenylalanine being very high) and has a protein score of 72.97% with valine as the limiting amino acid. The oil had a high proportion (60.91%) of unsaturated fatty acids, part of which were the essential fatty acids, linoleic acid and linolenic acid. The mineral analysis revealed a very high sodium (20.29 mg/100 g) content with moderate levels of iron, copper and manganese (4.50 mg/100 g, 2.61 mg/100 g and 2.31 mg/100 g, respectively), very low potassium (0.15 mg/100 g) and low calcium/potassium ratio (0.10).
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  •    Nutritional and Quality Attributes of Wheat Buns Enriched with the Larvae of Rhynchophorus phoenicis F.
How to cite this article:

C.C. Okaraonye and J.C. Ikewuchi, 2008. Rhynchophorus phoenicis (F) Larva Meal: Nutritional Value and Health Implications. Journal of Biological Sciences, 8: 1221-1225.

DOI: 10.3923/jbs.2008.1221.1225








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