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Journal of Food Technology
Year: 2008  |  Volume: 6  |  Issue: 1  |  Page No.: 39 - 44

Proximate, Elemental and Fatty Acid Analysis of Pre-Processed Edible Birdsí Nest (Aerodramus fuciphagus): A Comparison Between Regions and Type of Nest

M.Z. Nurul Huda, A.B.Z. Zuki, K. Azhar, Y.M. Goh, H. Suhaimi, A.J. Awang Hazmi and M.S. Zairi    

Abstract: This study was performed with the aim to evaluate the proximate, elemental and fatty acid analysis of pre-processed edible birdsí nests (Aerodramus fuciphagus) and their comparison between the regions and type of nests. The samples of edible birdsí nests were taken from 5 regions: 4 regions in Penang, Malaysia and one region in Sumatra, Indonesia. The nest type from regions in Penang was house nest, while the one from Sumatra was the cave nest. Analysis of total dry matter content was carried out according to the certification procedures outlined by the Manual of Livestock Feed Analysis, University Putra Malaysia. Crude protein was determined according to the Kjeldahl (micro) method. The fat content of the feed was determined using the total lipid extraction procedure. The crude fibre content of the sample was determined by using an automated apparatus. The elements analyzed in this study were Na, Ca, Mg, K, P and Fe. All of the elements were detected using the Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, while for P, PerkinElmer Lambda 35 Spectrophotometer was used. The results showed significant differences in proximate and elemental analysis of edible birdsí nests between the regions and nest types. There were no significant different in the fatty acid content of the nests both between the regions and the nests type. The results also showed that the edible bird-nest have essential components in promoting body vigour.

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