African Journal of
Food Science

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Food Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0794
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJFS
  • Start Year: 2007

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Review on camel meat safety and its public health importance

Camel is a relatively new, emerging meat species that is gaining increasing popularity in the international meat markets all over the world. From nutrition perspective, the organic nature of camel meat, its high protein and minerals, and low fat and cholesterol level makes it suitable from nutritional outlook. The harmful pathogens contaminating camel meat and causing gastroenteritis include Salmonella spp., Listeria...

Author(s):Henok Ayalew

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Evaluation of the toxicological effects of spiced groundnut cake on selected organs of albino rats (Ratius novergicus)

The current surge in search for functional foods has increased the use of bioactive compounds derived from medicinal plants in everyday diets. This study evaluates proximate composition and toxicological effects of spiced groundnut cake on albino rats (Rattus novergicus). Five groundnut cake (GNC) samples made from groundnut (Arachis hypogaea) with varying proportion of ginger (Zinginber officinale) and/or bell pepper...

Author(s):Samuel A. Akande, Beatrice O. T. Ifesan, Agatha E. Adebiyi and Risikat T. Olatoye

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Physico-chemical, functional and anti-nutritional properties of taro (Colocasia esculenta) flour as affected by cooking and drying methods

The effects of cooking medium, cooking time and drying conditions on physicochemical, functional, pasting and anti-nutritional properties of taro flour were studied. Physicochemical and functional characteristics indicated that flour from taro slices cooked in water had higher L*, water absorption index (WAI) and oil absorption capacity (OAC) and intermediate water solubility index (WSI), a* and b* values. Acidic cooking...

Author(s):Vivek Kumar, H. K. Sharma and K. Singh

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Nutritional composition and oil characterizationof some improved and elite varieties of sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) in Nigeria

The physico-chemical, nutritional composition and oil characteristics of three improved/released varieties and three elite/breeding lines of sesame seed (Beniseed) namely: NCRIBEN 01M, NCRIBEN 02M, E8, KENANA 4, EX-SUDAN and BOGORO LOCAL were evaluated. Significant differences (P≤0.05) were observed for nutritional components: moisture, ash, crude fiber and protein. Significant difference (P< 0.05) was noticed for all oil...

Author(s):A. Y. Mumeen, O. Shokalu, E. C. Egwim, A. Y. Kabir, A. Usman and O. Kester

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Sensory evaluation and consumer acceptability of orange-fleshed sweet potato by lactating women and their children (

This study evaluated the sensory properties and consumer acceptance of boiled, fried, and mashed orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP), by rural lactating women (n=80) and their children

Author(s):Abdou Badiane, Papa MDD Sylla, Adama Diouf, Laure Tall, Mame S Mbaye, Ndeye S Cissé, Nicole I Dossou, Salimata Wade, Philippe Donnen

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Sensory Evaluation of Improved and Local Recipes for Children Aged 6-23 Months in Bukoba, Tanzania

Complementary foods are foods other than breast milk or infant formula (liquids, semisolids, and solids) introduced to an infant to provide nutrients as well as energy. To ensure sustainable consumption of the improved recipes, sensory evaluation is important to assess acceptability of the modified recipes among the targeted consumers or population. This study was to assess sensory attributes of the improved recipes for...

Author(s):Mbela, Domina Esther Nkuba, Kinabo, Joyce, Mwanri Akwilina Wendelin and Ekesa, Beatrice

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Oxalate, phytate and nitrate content in African nightshade, Spider plant and Amaranths at different stages of maturity

African indigenous green leafy vegetables play important role in income generation and subsistence; they are the cheapest and most readily available sources of important minerals and vitamins. On the other hand, they contain anti-nutritional factors that reduce availability of vital nutrients. This study was conducted to determine oxalates, phytates and nitrates content in commonly consumed Amaranths cruentus, Spider plant...

Author(s):Mwanri AW, Mamboleo TF, Msuya JM, and Gowele VF

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Lipid oxidation and antioxidant assays in food products: A review

Autoxidation of unsaturated lipids is one of the major causes of quality deterioration in food products, which results in the changes in nutritional value, organoleptic characteristics, and may even reduce the shelf-life of food products. In order to prevent or inhibit this autoxidation, synthetic and natural antioxidants are used in the food industry, respectively and have attracted considerable attention as food...

Author(s):Vusi Vincent Mshayisa, Lusani Norah Vhangani and Jessy Van Wyk

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Chronic diseases of lifestyle like diabetes mellitus and hypertension appear at greater rates in populations which consumed high fat, high calorie diets and engaged in low or no physical activity. Physical inactivity and unhealthy diets are major contributors of overweight and obesity which are risk factors for lifestyle diseases. This study aimed at determining the relationship between dietary practices, habits, physical...


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Microbiology, heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons profiles of some grilled, roasted and smoked foods in Lagos and Ogun States, Nigeria

Dietary intake of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and heterocyclic amines (HCA) has posted a great health risk as they have been identified as a most potent human carcinogen. Microbial quality of food is also of concern as they contribute to food poisoning and infection. Sixty food samples comprising roasted yam, plantain, grilled and smoked fish and meat were randomly sampled from Lagos and Ogun State, Nigeria, and...

Author(s):Oranusi S., Onibokun EA. Obafemi Y.D. and Dureke G

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Proximate Composition Based Enset Diversity Study Using Multivariate Analysis in Sheka Zone, Southwest Ethiopia

Survey study on enset diversity and its kocho and bulla proximate contents was done in major enset producing areas of Sheka zone in three agro-ecologies of the districts (Yaki (lowland), Andiracha (mid-land) and Masha (highland) Southwest (SW) Ethiopia with the objective to evaluate diversity study of enset based on its nutritional composition. The result of the analysis revealed that there were variations among all...


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Evaluation of mono and co-cultural fermentation on the nutritional and antioxidant profile of kunu-a fermented millet based food

The study was designed to evaluate the mono and co-cultural fermentation on the nutritional and antioxidant profile of kunu-a fermented millet based food. Isolation of microorganisms from the kunu samples were carried by serial dilution and pour plate techniques. The pH and total titratable acidity (TTA) of the kunu were monitored for 48 hours. The proximate analysis and the antioxidant properties of the kunu were also...

Author(s):Agboola, S. A., Olaniyi, O. O., Adeleke, B. S. and Akinyele, B. J.

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India’s Himalayan region is biodiversity rich with vast ecosystems. Inhabitant’s of this region make utmost benefit from the locally available flora and fauna. Fermentation of the local produce adds to this knowledge and ensures availability of the food throughout the year. Various mouth-watering delicacies are locally fermented, besides adding flavor to the plate they also are a source of income. Kalari is one such...

Author(s):Konika Razdan and Varshiesh Raina

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Effects of germination and defatting of the soybean and sesame on the mineral bioavailability and absorption of sweet potato based complementary diets

The effect of germination of soybean and sesame seeds on the bioavailability of minerals of complementary foods was investigated using rats. Formulations of complementary diets 1 to 4 were produced from sweet potato, soybean and sesame flours at a ratio of 60:30:10, respectively. Formulated diets were significantly higher (p

Author(s):Phyllis I. Uzo-Peters

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Study of water absorption capacity and dimension change during soaking of peeled intack bulgur

Water absorption of peeled intack bulgur was studied at different temperatures (35, 50 and 70°C) by measuring the moisture content with respect to time. The effect of time and temperature during soaking operation on the three dimensions (length: “a (mm)”, crease side width: “b (mm)”; secondary width: “c (mm), weight, volume, and density of the peeled intack bulgur kernel was also carried out. The results indicated that...

Author(s):Sfayhi D. and Rebhi, I

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A Geographical Analysis of Nutritional Status among the Population in District Anantnag, J&K, India

The main objective of this paper was to evaluate the nutritional status of population of altitudinal zone, based on chemical composition of food consumed by people in the region. The study area was divided into five altitudinal zones in GIS environment (Arc GIS 9.3 and ERDAS IMAGINE 9.1). Kendal’s ranking coefficient method, food surplus/deficit, nutrition intake were employed to show wide range of variations in terms of...

Author(s):Sheraz Ahmad Lone, Manzoor A. Wani, Bashir A. Lone and Ishtiaq A. Mayer

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Compositional and some physicochemical characterization of cassava and pigeon pea starch blends for potential industrial applications

Isolated native cassava starch (100CS) and pigeon pea starch (100PPS) were blended at different ratios (70CS/30PPS, 50CS/50PPS and 30CS/70PPS) (%, w/w) and their physiochemical properties were investigated for potential industrial applications. The lowest apparent amylose (AAM) content was in 100CS (20.20%) and the highest in the 30CS/70PPS blend (37.31%). The AAM content of the starch blends was higher as compared to the...

Author(s):Adeleke Omodunbi Ashogbon

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Omega 3 fatty acid fortified functional chocolate

This study was carried out to produce functional chocolate. Plain milk chocolate (PMC) was prepared as control sample and 2 sets of omega 3 enriched chocolate were prepared viz., 5% ALA – X - MC, 10% ALA - X – MC (alpha linolenic acid -xylitol -milk chocolate.) The omega 3 source for chocolate production was alpha linolenic acid (ALA oil) from flax seed. The chocolates were made with the above combinations following the...

Author(s):Madhavi Baskaran and Rita Narayanan

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Quality Attributes of Breakfast Sausage as Affected by Different Types of Animal Fats

Breakfast sausage is a type of ready to eat fresh sausage usually served at breakfast. It is traditionally produced from pork and lard, but there is insufficient knowledge on the yield and nutritive qualities of breakfast sausage prepared with other animal fats. A study was carried out in a completely randomized design to determine the yield and eating qualities of breakfast sausage prepared from lard, tallow and sheep...

Author(s):V. A Adetunji and S. B. Akinleye

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Drying characteristics of horse chestnut (Aesculus indica) slices

The impact of temperature and relative humidity during hot-air drying on the drying kinetics and some quality attributes of Horse chestnut slices was studied. Experiments were conducted at 50, 60 and 70°C. Experimental drying curves showed that drying process took place in the falling rate period. The moisture transfer from slices was described using various mathematical models. In all the cases, models were evaluated for...

Author(s):Syed Insha Rafiq, Sukhcharn Singh and D.C. Saxena

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Growth and nutritional value of Pleurotus sajor-caju cultivated on sawdust of different wood species in Nigeria

The potential of sawdust substrate of some tree species in the cultivation of the oyster mushroom, Pleurotus sajor-caju, was evaluated. Sawdust was collected from wood processors in various sawmills at Ibadan, southwest Nigeria and composted for mushroom cultivation. Biological efficiency (BE) of P. saju-caju on the various wood substrates and proximate analysis were carried out to determine rate of substrate utilization...

Author(s):Dania V. O. and Ekpo E. N.

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Oxidative stability of structured lipid produced by enzymatic interesterification of coconut (Cocos nucifera) and sesame (Sesamum indicum) oils

The study was carried out to determine the oxidative stability of structured lipid prepared from enzymatic interesterification of coconut (Cocos nucifera) and sesame (Sesamum indicum) oils using lipase derived from Thermomyces lanuginosus. Parameters optimized using Response Surface Methodology (RSM) were used for the interesterification reaction. Triacylglycerol (TAG) fractions of samples separated by column...

Author(s):Subajiny Sivakanthan, Anura Prasantha Jayasooriya and Terrence Madhujith

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Isolation, identification and antimicrobial resistance profile of Salmonella in abattoir and selected commercial dairy farms of Bishoftu town, Central Ethiopia

Across-sectional study was conducted on apparently healthy cattle, personnel and equipments at abattoir and commercial dairy farms in Bishoftu, Ethiopia from December 2013 to May 2014. The objectives were to isolate and identify Salmonella from slaughtered cattle, lactating cows, personnel and equipments at abattoir and farms; and to assess the in-vitro antimicrobials susceptibility of isolates. A total of 222 samples...

Author(s):Tilaye Shibbiru Mengistu, Ashenafi Feyisa Beyi

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Quality evaluation and sensory acceptability of mixed fruit juice from cabbage and orange

To know through sensory evaluation the optimum formulation of cabbage (Oxylus variety) juice blended with juices from two cultivars of orange (Valencia late and blood) (nine blends) through Design Expert ( version) software. Each optimum from each orange variety was selected and with a control (100% late Valencia and blood orange), subjected to physicochemical and nutritional analyses (minerals, β-carotene and...

Author(s):Blends, fruit juice, orange, cabbage, acceptability.

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Improving the nutritional value of fortified predigested soymilk for complementary feeding using response surface methodology

The purpose of this study is to maximize the nutritional status of predigested soymilk to prevent weaning deficiency and maximize growth among weaning infants. Nutritional value of fortified soymilk extracted from 12 h steeped and 72 h sprouted TGX 923-2E soybean variety was optimized using central composite design (CCD), a design for response surface methodology (RSM). Box-Wilson (1951) experimental design matrix was used...

Author(s):Okwunodulu N. I., Iwe M. O. and Akodundu E. N. T.

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Mineral composition of oyster mushrooms grown on maize straw and rice bran

Fresh mushrooms contain a wide variety of minerals including copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc which are essential for good health. The mineral composition of mushrooms largely depends on the type of nutrients available in their growth media. The objective of this study was to determine the mineral composition of oyster mushrooms, Pleurotus spp., grown on maize straw and rice bran substrates. In this...

Author(s):Kayira C. M., Kapito N. and Theu M.

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Hygienic-sanitary conditions of school food service in Barretos/SP/Brazil

It is important to ensure the hygienic-sanitary quality at all stages of food handling for human consumption. Therefore the study was conducted to assess the school food service hygienic-sanitary conditions of public municipal schools of Barretos-SP. The survey was conducted in 2 schools in 4 phases: (1) Application of checklist contained in CHS Ordinance No.5 from Health Surveillance Center in São Paulo, April 09, 2013;...

Author(s):Ana Cecília Condota de Oliveira, Jean Paulo Fagundes Brunozi and Veridiana de Carvalho Antunes

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Effect of probiotic bacteria from yoghurt on the growth performance of dual purpose chicken in Ethiopia

Probiotic bacteria have been used in poultry industries as supplementary feed thereby improving poultry growth and performance. In this study, potential probiotic bacteria was isolated from yoghurt, and characterized. The applications as probiotics were checked using twenty four (24) dual purpose chickens and the effect of supplementation of isolated probiotic on growth performance, feed intake and feed conversion...

Author(s):Feed conversion, dual purpose chickens, ‎Lactobacillus, probiotic

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Assessment of the quality and the acceptability of sorghum and maize based couscous fortified by soybean (Glycine max) and Moringa leaves (Moringa oleifera)

The enrichment of cereals with other food groups has received considerable attention in recent years. The objective of this study is to determine the nutritional potential of local food for fortification. The control formula (FT) is composed of maize (Wari) and sorghum (Kapelga) flours. The other two formulas are on the basis of the control flour enriched by 10% respectively with soybean (FS) and moringa leaves powder...

Author(s):Fatoumata BA-HAMA, Pierre SILGA, Bréhima DIAWARA

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Evaluation of chemical composition of Dacryodes edulis (african pear) seed oil at different stages of fruit maturation

Nutritional and industrial processes have increased the demand for oils and this in turn has led to the search for oils from different types of seeds for possible development and use. It is in this vein that the fruit pulp of Dacryodes edulis was extracted with n-hexane (soxhlet extraction at 65°C). The proximate composition, antinutrient and mineral content of freshly harvested D. edulis fruit pulp from 4 weeks after...

Author(s):Esosa Samuel Uhunmwangho and Ehimwenma Sheena Omoregie

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Enhancement of Eritadenine Production Using Three Carbon Sources, Immobilization and Surfactants in Submerged Culture with Shiitake Mushroom (Lentinula edodes) (Berk.) Singer)

In this study, the effect of three carbon sources (mannitol, minced potato and sucrose), two immobilization substrates (alginate and wood cylinders), and three surfactants (Tween 20, Tween 40 and Tween 80), were evaluated on eritadenine production by using shiitake (Lentinula edodes) mycelium under submerged cultivation, in shake flasks during 20 days. Eritadenine and biomass were measured by HPLC and gravimetrically,...

Author(s):Byron Durán-Rivera, José Rodrigo Moreno-Suárez, Felipe Rojas Rodas, Kelly Marcela Valencia Jiménez Dagoberto Castro - Restrepo

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Effect of Pretreatments on the Microbial and Sensory Quality of Weaning Food Produced from Blends of Sorghum and Soybean

This study investigated the effect of pre-treatment on the microbial and sensory quality of weaning foods produced from blends of sorghum and soybean. Sorghum and soybean were fermented, roasted and fermented/roasted, then milled into flours. Untreated sorghum and soybean flours were also produced separately and serve as the control. A portion of sorghum was malted and milled to obtain malted sorghum flour of which 5% was...

Author(s):Msheliza, E. A., Ilesanmi, J. O. Y., Hussein, J. B. and Nkama, I.

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Stability of concentrated extracts of Hibiscus sabdarifa L. calyx during storage at different temperatures

Hibiscus sabdariffa L. (Malvaceae) calyx is a valuable food resource in Africa. This herb is rich in phenolic compounds and a good source of natural antioxidants. Concentrated extracts prepared with Hibiscus sabdariffa L. calyx is commonly used in traditional African and Asian diets and medicines. However, the organoleptic properties of these extracts are degraded during storage. Therefore, the stability of these products...

Author(s):Moussa Ndong, Ndeye Seni Faye, Joseph Bassama, Mady Cissé

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Orange flavedo incorporated functional lassi

Lassi, a sweet or savoury Indian beverage is a traditional dairy beverage, originally from Punjab, made by blending yoghurt with water, salt and spices. A number of novel fermented dairy products have been developed and marketed under the concept of innovative confectionary goods. Orange peel which is a waste by-product in juice industry can be utilized as it has a higher level of vitamin C than the pulp and also...

Author(s):Ananthakumar K. V. and Rita Narayanan

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Mineral and vitamin contents of Monodora myristica (African nutmeg) seeds from Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria

The mineral and vitamin contents of Monodora myristica (African nutmeg) seeds from Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria were determined using standard and known methods. The result of mineral analyses showed that calcium has the highest concentration (333.33±1.4 mg/100 g). Other minerals found were magnesium (182.99±0.03 mg/100 g), manganese (10.35±0.13 mg/100 g), sodium (5.47±0.31 mg/100 g), lead (0.00 mg/100 g), nickel (1.43...

Author(s):Chinelo Chinenye Nkwocha, Nworah Florence Nkechi, Okagu Innocent Uzochukwu, Nneka Onwudiwe, and Nwagwe Onyinyechi Ruth

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Traditional processing technology of faba bean into hilbet: Habesha vegan food from Tigray, Northern Ethiopia

A study of indigenous processing technique and the raw materials used for the processing of hilbet was carried out using open-ended questionnaire and on-the-spot observation as well as interview in four locations in Central Tigray, Northern Ethiopia. The aim of study was to conduct to document indigenous processing techniques, types of raw materials and proportion of ingredients, sources of energy and shelf-life,...

Author(s):Mulubrhan Haile,Trude Wicklund, Kebede Abegaz, Judith Narvhus,

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Functional and pasting properties of complementary foods formulated from maize and African yam bean

Complementary foods were prepared from locally available raw materials; maize and African yam bean (AYB). Cattle bone, Moringa leaf powder, Brachystegia eurycoma (achi), potash and red palm oil were used as fortificant. The maize flour was fermented for three days, and the AYB seed was soaked in water for 8 h, then dehulled. The fermented maize and dehulled AYB were dried, milled into flour, respectively, and the flours...

Author(s):Anosike F. C, Ikegwu O. J. , Ifedozie C. V. S. and Nwode V. F.

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Smallholder butter value chain analysis in selected areas of the Ethiopian central highlands

A study was conducted in eight selected areas of Ethiopian central highlands to analyze smallholder butter value chain, and identify the factors involved and their roles in butter production and marketing. A total of 320 smallholder farmers, 8 dairy cooperatives, 80 open market butter traders and 40 dairy product shops were interviewed using a semi-structured questionnaire. The key value chain actors involved in the butter...

Author(s):Abebe Bereda, Zelalem Yilma, Mitiku Eshetu, Mohammed Yousuf and Kefena Effa

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Occurrence of drug-resistant thermotolerant coliforms in skin and muscle of fresh Oreochromis niloticus

The aim of this study was to evaluate the bacteriological contamination (thermo-tolerant coliform, TC) of fresh Oreochromis niloticus marketed in Sobral City (Ceará, Brazil). A total of 40 samples (skin=20 and muscle=20) obtained in 2015 were analyzed. The results indicated that 18 samples (90%) showed the same TC contamination index in the skin and muscle, and in two samples (10%), a significant difference was observed...

Author(s):Eline de Vasconcelos Barbalho, Antonia Jorgiane Rodrigues de Macêdo and Renata Albuquerque Costa

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Assessment of phytochemical and mineral composition of unripe and ripe plantain (Musa paradisiaca) peels

Plantain (Musa paradisiaca) fruit constitutes a staple food widely consumed predominantly in Africa. The peel, a major by-product, of plantain fruit is largely viewed to be of little or no significance and consequently discarded, thereby constituting a threat to the environment. It is on account of the foregoing that this study was designed to investigate the phytochemical and mineral components of both the unripe and ripe...

Author(s):Sani Muhammad Uzairu and Muhammad Atiku Kano

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