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Pakistan Journal of Nutrition
  Year: 2006 | Volume: 5 | Issue: 4 | Page No.: 334-336
DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2006.334.336
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Nutritional Potential of the Nut of Tropical Almond (Terminalia Catappia L.)

Agatemor Christian and Mark E. Ukhun

Nuts play an important role in the diet of many people in the world. They serve to supplement the nutrients provided by cereals, legumes and vegetables. The goal of this study was to investigate the nutritional potential of the nut of Tropical Almond (Terminalia catappia L.). To this end the mineral composition, proximate composition, vitamin A and C content, nitrite and total acidity levels of the nut were analyzed. The results showed the presence of significant amount of phosphorus (22000 μg/g dry weight), large amounts of carbohydrates (78.14% dry weight) and crude fat (16.35% dry weight) in the nut. Magnesium, Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Sodium and Manganese were also detected at significant levels. Vitamins A and C were also present at levels, which can supplement other dietary sources. Nitrite and total acidity were low, thus making the nut safe for consumption. The result of the study shows that Tropical Almond nut can contribute useful amounts of essential nutrients to the diet of man.
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How to cite this article:

Agatemor Christian and Mark E. Ukhun , 2006. Nutritional Potential of the Nut of Tropical Almond (Terminalia Catappia L.). Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, 5: 334-336.

DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2006.334.336






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