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Biokemistri
Nigerian Society for Experimental Biology
ISSN: 0795-8080
Vol. 13, No. 1, 2003, pp. 37-41
Bioline Code: bk03006
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Biokemistri, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2003, pp. 37-41

 en The Lipid Profile Of The Pallid Emperor Moth Cirina forda check for this species in other resources Westwood (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) Caterpillar
Ande, Adeolu, T.

Abstract

The phospholipid, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as, the fatty acid profile of the caterpillar of Cirina forda check for this species in other resources , a pallid emperor moth, known for its popularity as a food insect in Nigeria, were elucidated and compared with other popular sources of lipids. C. forda had 554.96mg/100g, 201.01mg/100g and 244.03mg/100g of phospholipid, cholesterol and triglyceride, respectively. It proved to be a rich source of unsaturates, surpassing other popular lipid sources as a source of polyunsaturates. It is rich in fatty acids such as Linolenic acid (33.84%), Linoleic acid (7.81%) and Oleic acid (12.93%). The possible nutritional implications of the consumption of C. forda caterpillar on the human nervous system are highlighted.

Keywords
lipid profile, Cirina forda, caterpillar

 
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