Proximate and Vitamin C Composition of some Selected Leafy Vegetables Grown in Burutu Town, Delta State, Nigeria
Authors: Morka WE, Amitaye AN, Okhifo A
Three selected leafy vegetables grown and commonly consumed in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria were investigated with a view to determining their nutrient content using standard methods of analysis. The vegetables are Talinum triangulare (water leaf), Telfaria occidentalis (fluted pumpkin) and Vernonia amydalina (bitter leaf). The results showed that Talinum triangulare had the highest moisture and crude fibre content (86.74%) and (1.54%). Vernonia amydalina had the highest amount of ash (2.74%), while Telfaria occidentalis had the highest protein, lipids and carbohydrate content of 6.98%, 5.33% and 10.43% respectively. The vitamin C analysis revealed that Telfaria occidentalis had the highest amount of vitamin C (374.65 mg/100g). The results obtained in this work indicates that the three selected leafy vegetables contain an appreciable amount of nutrients, and if consumed in sufficient amount would contribute greatly to the nutritional requirement for human health.
Affiliations: Department of Chemistry, Nigeria Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State, Nigeria
Keywords: Leafy Vegetables, Proximate, Vitamin C, Composition, Burutu
Published date: 2019/06/30