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PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT OF NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF POLLY DWARF (ALOCACIA INDICA S.): AN INDIAN VEGETABLE

Article Id: ARCC1457 | Page : 56 - 59
Citation :- PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT OF NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF POLLY DWARF (ALOCACIA INDICA S.): AN INDIAN VEGETABLE.Asian Journal of Dairy and Food Research.2010.(29):56 - 59
Ali Aberoumand*, S.S.Deokule
Address : Department of Botany, University of Pune, Pune, 411 007, India.

Abstract

The proximate composition and mineral constituents of Alocacia indica Stem were evaluated.
The stem contained ashes: 9.1%,crude protein: 5.44%, crude lipid: 3.25%, crude fiber: 22.9%,
and carbohydrates: 59.31%. The stem also have high energy value (288.25kcal/100g)dry weight.
Mineral ranges (mg/100g dry weight, DW) were: K (4.63), Na (1.62), Ca (7.37), Fe (5.04), and Zn
(3.83). Comparing the tubers mineral contents with recommended dietary allowances (RDA),
the results indicated that Alocacia indica stem could be a good supplement for some nutrients
such as Fibre, Potassium, Zinc, lipid, and Carbohydrates. The wild stem could be promoted as a
carbohydrate supplement for cereal-based diets in poor rural communities, while its high potassium
content could be utilized for the management of hypertension and other cardiovascular conditions.

Keywords

Alocacia indica S.; Micronutrients; Proximate Mineral composition.

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