African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 5765

Short Communication

Bacaba-de-leque (Oenocarpus distichus): A new wet tropics’ nutritional source

Jaime Paiva Lopes Aguiar
  • Jaime Paiva Lopes Aguiar
  • National Research Institute of Amazonia (INPA), Environment and Health Society Coordination (COSAS) and Food Physicochemical Laboratory (LFQA), Ave André Araújo 2936, 69067-375, Manaus, AM, Brazil.
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Francisca das Chagas do Amaral Souza
  • Francisca das Chagas do Amaral Souza
  • National Research Institute of Amazonia (INPA), Environment and Health Society Coordination (COSAS) and Food Physicochemical Laboratory (LFQA), Ave André Araújo 2936, 69067-375, Manaus, AM, Brazil.
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  •  Received: 31 January 2018
  •  Accepted: 20 March 2018
  •  Published: 12 April 2018

Abstract

The present study aims to determine the nutritional composition of soluble and insoluble fibers, vitamins and minerals in the fruit of bacaba-de-leque (Oenocarpus distichus Mart.) a native Central Amazonian tropical fruit. Results show the fiber contents to be 3.95 g 100 g-1, 100% of which shows to be insoluble fibers. Potassium stood out among the minerals, with 173.85 mg 100 g-1. High vitamin E concentration (6.65 mg 100 g-1) was observed as well. Considering the fruit’s nutritional potential, we suggest its incorporation into the Amazonian population diet as an essential nutrient and health improving compounds source, to be more frequent.
 
Key words: Fiber, vitamins, minerals, nutrition.