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Title: Nutritional and Mineral Composition of the Fruits of Solanum torvum from Ghana
Authors: Akoto, Osei
Borquaye, Lawrence Sheringham
Howard, Ama Samba
Konwuruk, Niib
Keywords: Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry
Proximate Analysis
Vitamins
Iron Rich Fruits
Issue Date: 13-Sep-2015
Publisher: American Institute of Science
Citation: International Journal of Chemical and Biomolecular Science Vol. 1, No. 4, 2015, pp. 222-226
Abstract: The fruits of Solanum torvum are regularly used in many Ghanaian food preparations because of the belief that they are very nutritious. The main aim of this work was to assess the nutritional and mineral composition of the Solanum torvum fruits. Proximate analyses of dried powdered fruits were therefore performed. The results indicated that the fruits possess high moisture content (86.230%). The values for the other parameters checked were carbohydrates 7.033%, proteins 2.322%, fats 0.278%, ash 0.143% and crude fiber 3.993%. Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS) analysis of essential minerals was performed to ascertain the concentrations of iron, manganese, calcium, copper and zinc in the fruit. The results were iron (76.869mg/kg), manganese (19.466mg/kg), calcium (221.583mg/kg), copper (2.642mg/kg) and zinc (21.460mg/kg). Vitamins A and C contents were also analyzed and found to be 0.078mg/100g and 2.686mg/100g respectively. The high iron content of the fruits proves the fact that, the fruits truly have hematinic property.
Description: An article published by American Institute of Science
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/12435
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