African Journal of
Food Science

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Food Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0794
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJFS
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 820

Full Length Research Paper

The health implications of the dietary nutrients detected in the vegetable leaves intercropped with Raphia hookeri palms

F. I. Obahiagbon1* and J. O. Erhabor
  1Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. 2Benson Idahosa Universty, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria
Email: [email protected]

  • Article Number - A4C54A325074
  • Vol.4(7), pp. 440 - 443, July 2010
  •  Accepted: 28 June 2010
  •  Published: 31 July 2010



Nigerian green vegetables were intercropped with Raphia hookeri palms. The leaves of the vegetables and Raphia palms were harvested. Proximate composition and mineral contents of the leaves were analyzed by standard methods. The proximate composition result (Mean) ranged between: 72.9 - 91.2 (%Moisture), 1.3 - 3.0(% Proteins), 0.3 - 3.0(% Lipid), 1.5 - 4.2 (%Crude fibre), 1.0 - 4.0 (%Ash) and 2.5 - 10.0 (%Carbohydrate). The mineral elements detected were in varied concentrations. The health implications of the nutrients detected in human physiology are discussed. On the overall, the nutrients detected were found to play significant roles in humans.


Key words: Raphia hookeri, Nigerian green vegetables, proximate composition, mineral content.

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