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African Journal of Biomedical Research
Ibadan Biomedical Communications Group
ISSN: 1119-5096
Vol. 3, No. 2, 2000, pp. 93-96
Bioline Code: md00028
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Journal of Biomedical Research, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2000, pp. 93-96

 en CHEMICAL COMPOSITION AND FATTY ACID PROFILE OF EDIBLE LARVA OF CIRINA FORDA (WESTWOOD)
AKINNAWO O. AND KETIKU, A.O.

Abstract

The nutrient composition of the larva of Cirina forda check for this species in other resources (Westwood) was determined. It contained 33.12 ( 0.87 g/100g crude protein, 9.40 ( 0.16 g/100g crude fibre, 12.24 ( 18 g/ 100g fat, 7.12 ( 0.32 gl 100g ash, 38.12 ( 0.65 g/ 100g carbohydrate and gross energy value of 359 ( 2.83 Kcal/ 100g. The larva is an excellent source of minerals and a 100-g dry sample contained phosphorus (1090mg), zinc (8.6mg) iron (64.0mg) potassium (2130mg) and sodium (210mg). The fatty acid profile of Cirina forda larva is characterized by a very high proportion of the polyunsaturated fatty acids, linoleic acid and ( - linolenic acid (53.8%) which is higher than the percentages found in poultry (23.7%) and fish (30.8%) Mono unsaturated fatty acids content was 14.6% while saturated fatty acid constituted 31.6%. The dietetic significance of the polyunsaturated saturated fatty acid ratio of 1.7:1 and the high potassium and low sodium content of Cirina forda larva is discussed.

Keywords
Insect larva, nutrient composition, fatty acid profile

 
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