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The Journal of Food Technology in Africa
Innovative Institutional Communications
ISSN: 1028-6098
Vol. 7, No. 3, 2002, pp. 82-84
Bioline Code: ft02020
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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The Journal of Food Technology in Africa, Vol. 7, No. 3, 2002, pp. 82-84

 en Investigation into the lesser known Pulse - Canavalia ensiformis check for this species in other resources : Chemical composition and Fatty acid profile
Kola Ajewole

Abstract

Investigation into the proximate composition, mineral and fatty acid contents of Canavalia ensiformis check for this species in other resources have been carried out. The moisture content was 9.2% while crude oil, crude protein, crude fibre and carbohydrate contents were 2.8%, 28.6%, 5.3% and 51.3% respectively. Potassium, phosphorous and calcium were the most abundant minerals. Other mineral elements determined were sodium magnesium, iron, copper, zinc and manganese. The major fatty acids of the seed oil include palmitic acid (16.4%), oleic (45.7%) and linoleic acid (20.3%). Others include palmitoleic acid (3.1%), stearic acid (8.6%) and linolenic acid (5.9%). The essential fatty acid content was higher than found in some other pulses.

Keywords
Pulses, Canavalia ensiformis check for this species in other resources , Proximate analysis

 
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