PROXIMATE, MINERAL AND ANTI-NUTRIENT COMPOSITION OF PHASEOLUS VULGARIS LEAFJournal: JOURNAL OF SCIENTIFIC INNOVATIONS FOR DEVELOPMENT (Vol.1, No. 1)
Publication Date: 2013-06-20
Authors : Emmanuel Olajide Oyelude;
Page : 12-21
Keywords : Leafy vegetable; Sub-Saharan Africa; Bioavailability; RDA; Anaemia;
The leaf of Phaseolus vulgaris was analysed to determine its proximate, mineral and anti-nutrient composition. The fresh edible leaf was rich in moisture (78.25 g/100 g), protein (7.96 g/100 g), crude fibre (1.43 g/100 g), potassium (717.84 mg/100 g), sodium (224.62 mg/100 g) and iron (4.59 mg/100g). The leafy vegetable could be a good source of protein and crude fibre. It has low calorific value (78.12 kcal/100 g) and may be suitable for those who are watching their weight. The levels of anti-nutritional components in the vegetable are low and will not impact negatively on the bioavailability of calcium, zinc and iron in the body. The consumption of the vegetable could help to reduce the prevalence of protein energy malnutrition and anaemia in sub-Saharan Africa countries where it is available.
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