Topical Area: Vitamins and Minerals
Staple foods generally are deficient in micro-nutrients. The study was carried out to determine the micro-nutrients status of coco yam plantain mixed flour blends.
Ten blends of cocoyam/plantain at 5-50% were formulated from drum dried (DD), oven dried (OD) and sun dried (SD). The calcium, Potassium, iron, and zinc content were determined using Atomic Absorption spectrometer at different wavelengths. Data were analyzed using analysis of Variance. Means were separated using Duncan’s multiple range tests.
The mean values of calcium for DD, OD and SD decreased as the level of substitution increased (152.57±5.07-47.30±0.20; 159.21±3.20-56.73±2.00; 288.45±2.01-147.38±0.30) respectively likewise zinc content. Mean values of Potassium and Iron increased as the level of substitution increased (p< 0.05).
The study showed that the flour blends can be used as therapeutic diet for the malnourished children.
Funding Sources : SELF