DETERMINATION OF NUTRITIVE VALUE AND MINERAL ELEMENTS OF FICUS BENGHALENSIS LINN. SEED
Objectives: This study was undertaken to assess the nutritive value and mineral contents of Ficus benghalensis seed locally prescribed as a diet for
Methods: The nutrients were analyzed by using different biochemical methods while the mineral elements were analyzed by flame photometry and
by using various titration methods.
Results: Mineral element analysis revealed the presence of important macro and micro elements such as P, K, Na, Ca, Fe, Zn, Mg, Mn, Cu and Cr. The
results for ash content, crude protein, crude carbohydrate, crude fat, crude fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin E content were 2.55%, 15.02%, 12.95%,
2.56%, 19.45%, 203.45Â±1.877 mg/g, 517.65Â±0.875 mg/g respectively. Nutritional value of F. benghalensis was 134.92Â±1.250 Cal/100 g.
Conclusion: Our findings provide evidence that the selected plant seeds contain an appreciable amount of nutrients and minerals and can be included
in diets to supplement our daily nutrient needs and to fight against many of the diseases as nutraceuticals.
Keywords: Chemical analysis, Nutraceutical, Ficus benghalensis, Seed powder.
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Fig. 1: Analysis of various macrominerals content of Ficus benghalensis seed. Values are expressed as meanÂ±standard deviation (n=3)
Fig. 2: Analysis of various microminerals content of Ficus benghalensis seed. Values are expressed as meanÂ±standard deviation (n=3)
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