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Pakistan Journal of Nutrition

Year: 2011  |  Volume: 10  |  Issue: 6  |  Page No.: 561 - 563

Effect of Processing on Nutrients and Anti-nutrients of Castor Oil Bean (Ricinus communis) Seeds and By-products

L.A. Agbabiaka, B.O. Esonu and F.N. Madubuike


Studies were conducted on the proximate, mineral and anti-nutrients composition of raw and processed castor oil seeds and by-product. Processing methods adopted include fermentation, dry and moist heat (toasting and boiling) treatments respectively. The results revealed that, the processing methods have tremendous effect on the chemical and anti-nutrient components of the seed and by product. Nevertheless, the traditional methods of processing employed eventually reduced the concentration of anti-nutrients and encouraged its utilization in animal nutrition generally.

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