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International Journal of Biological Chemistry
  Year: 2007 | Volume: 1 | Issue: 4 | Page No.: 250-255
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Nutritional Content of Melochia corchorifolia (Linn.) Leaves

K.J. Umar, L.G. Hassan , S.M. Dangoggo , M. Inuwa and M.N. Almustapha

Melochia corchorifolia leaves were analysed for their proximate and mineral composition. On Dry Weight (DW) basis, the leaves had the following proximate composition: crude protein (23.31±2.27%), crude lipid (13.33±2.89%), ash (10.00±0.10%), crude fibre (23.33±2.89%) and available carbohydrate (30.03±2.83%). M. corchorifolia leaves had high moisture content (62.16±6.11% Wet weight) with low energy value (275.66±23.20 kcal/100 g). The mineral composition in mg/100 g DW are: K (7.250±37.50), Ca (750.37±10.58), Mg (108.33±5.77) and P (101.89±0.08), Na (94.00±1.15), Cu (33.50±2.55), Fe (19.91±3.01), Mn (9.68±0.59) and Zn (6.73±0.62). When the minerals detected were compared with US Recommended Dietary Allowances, K, Cu, Fe and Mn were found to be adequate for both adults and children. Furthermore, the leaves have nutrient density >100% except for phosphorus, which is low for pregnant and lactating mothers.
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How to cite this article:

K.J. Umar, L.G. Hassan , S.M. Dangoggo , M. Inuwa and M.N. Almustapha , 2007. Nutritional Content of Melochia corchorifolia (Linn.) Leaves. International Journal of Biological Chemistry, 1: 250-255.




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