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Journal of Food Technology
Year: 2008  |  Volume: 6  |  Issue: 6  |  Page No.: 237 - 241

Vitamin C, Fibre, Lignin and Mineral Contents of Some Edible Legume Seedlings

L. Lajide, M.O. Oseke and O.O. Olaoye    

Abstract: Seedling of 5 species of legumes were analysed for their vitamin C, fibre, lignin and mineral contents using standard analytical techniques. Vigna sinensis (Oloyin), Vigna sinensis (Ife-brown), Vigna unguiculata (Mala), Vigna unguiculata (Sokoto) were analysed at day 7 and Cajanus cajan at day 14. The ascorbic acid contents were found to be 10.6, 26.4, 31.4, 34.6 and 38.4 mg/100 g, respectively; the fibre contents gave values of 22, 20, 20, 21.5 and 31%, while the lignin contents were 0.057, 0.062, 0.082 and 0.18%, respectively. The results of trace mineral analysis gave values ranging from 3.36-7.84 mg/100 g for calcium, 0.72-2.16 mg/100 g for copper, 5.40-18.00 mg/100 g for iron, 81.00-82.26 mg/100 g for potassium and 93.00 -123.60 mg/100 g for magnesium in the 5 species. The values obtained for potassium and magnesium were high for all the species.

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