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Title: Physico-chemical properties of cashew tree gum
Authors: Hakeem, Rasheed Bin
Opoku-Ameyaw, K.
Ellis, William Otoo
Oldham, J. H.
Amoah, F. M.
Oduro, I.
Gyedu-Akoto, E.
Keywords: nutritional benefits
gum Arabic
physico-chemical
Cashew gum
Issue Date: May-2008
Publisher: African Journal of Food Science
Citation: African Journal of Food Science. Vol (2) pp. 060-064, May, 2008 Available online http://www.academicjournals.org/ajfs ISSN 1996-0794 ©2008 Academic Journal
Abstract: The physico-chemical properties of cashew gum (CG) collected from four cashew growing districts, Sampa, Wenchi, Bole and Jirapa in Ghana were studied to help promote the utilization of cashew gum in the food industry. The gum was collected from trees of two different age groups, those that were 10 years and below and those above 10 years. Physico-chemical properties of CG were compared to those of gum Arabic. Parameters studied included pH (3.8 - 4.2), total ash (0.5 - 1.2%), protein content (1.27 - 1.80%), total sugars (0.96 - 2.10 mg/g), total phenols (0.21 - 2.26%), moisture content (9.8 - 13.2%) and insoluble matter (1.9 - 4.8%). Gum from mature trees was generally found to have higher levels of protein, moisture, sugars and phenols than that from young trees, with the exception of pH which was lower in gum from mature trees. There were also variations in some of the physico-chemical properties of the CG from the different locations. The predominant minerals in cashew tree gum were Ca, K, Na and Fe and their nutritional benefits is discussed. This study showed that CG possesses good physicochemial properties and high levels of minerals
Description: This Article was published by African Journal of Food Science. Vol (2) pp. 060-064, May, 2008 Available online http://www.academicjournals.org/ajfs ISSN 1996-0794 ©2008 Academic Journal
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/9691
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