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PROTEIN AND AMINO ACIDS COMPOSITION OF AFRICAN LOCUST BEAN (Parkia biglobosa)

PROTEIN AND AMINO ACIDS COMPOSITION OF AFRICAN LOCUST BEAN (Parkia biglobosa),L. G. Hassan,K. J. Umar

PROTEIN AND AMINO ACIDS COMPOSITION OF AFRICAN LOCUST BEAN (Parkia biglobosa)   (Citations: 1)
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SUMMARY The protein and amino acids composition of seeds and pulp of African locust beans (Parkia biglobosa) were analysed. The protein content (in % dry matter) of seeds with and without hull was found to be 28.20% and 32.40% respectively while that of pulp is 1.84%. The results for amino acids analysis indicate that the seeds are good source of most essential amino acids in which both whole and dehulled seeds have chemical score of 5/8 including the sulphur-containing amino acids. Pulp has chemical score of 1/8. Threonine and lysine are the most limiting essential amino acid in seeds and pulp respectively. These results should serve as a database for encouraging the general population particularly the masses in developing nations to harness the nutritional potential of wildly occurring plant foods for narrowing nutritional deficiencies.
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