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Comparative evaluation of nutritional compositions of Amaranthus cruentus L. and Amaranthus viridis L.

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Biochemistry, Kings University, Odeomu, Nigeria and Department of Biochemistry, Osun State University, Osogbo, Nigeria
  • 2Department of Biochemistry, Kings University, Odeomu, Nigeria
  • 3Department of Biochemistry, Osun State University, Osogbo, Nigeria
  • 4Department of Biochemistry, Kings University, Odeomu, Nigeria

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 7, Issue (9), Pages 16-19, September,22 (2018)

Abstract

Leafy vegetables are renowned as rich sources of phyto compounds with healthful and nutritional properties. The culinary and therapeutic properties of leafy vegetables are believed to be influenced by factors such as genetic properties and species diversity. The current study evaluated the nutrient compositions of two different species of amaranth: AmaranthuscruentusL. and Amaranthus viridis L. The proximate compositions of the macro-nutrients was carried out using the standard AOAC methods while the mineral contents were estimated through atomic absorption spectrometry. The results showed that the different species of amaranth had similar proximate composition but the mineral components were significantly different (P<0.05). The study inferred that the species of amaranth could serve as good sources of nutrients for human consumption.

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