Omer Salah and Sakina Yagi
Analyses of the proximate, nutritionally valuable minerals and amino acids compositions in pods and leaves of Prosopis chilensis were carried. Dry leaves and pods contained 32.2% and 12.5% protein, 52.6% and 53.0% carbohydrate, 4.1% and 2.5% lipid, 18.5% and 27.5% crude fibre, 12.6% and 4.9% ash, 4.8% and 6.1% moisture respectively. The pods showed higher amount of most essential amino acids than the leaves and fulfil the requirements of the FAO/WHO ‘standard protein’. Mineral ranges (mg/100g dry weight) in leaves and pods were: P (250 and 164), K (116 and 191), Na (1.0 and 4.0), Ca (276 and 26), Mg (28 and 94), Fe (9.0 and 3.0) and Mn (1.0 and 1.0) respectively. Comparing these values with recommended dietary allowances, the results indicated that P. chilensis could be a good supplement for some nutrients.
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