Vol. 2, Issue 2 (2017)
Comparison of biochemical analysis and nutritive value of the selected root tubers - Carrot and radish
Author(s): Chithra S, Anithan T, Suganya M, Lintu Thomas, Lasyaja AB, Gayathri P
Abstract: Root tuber is ideal for weight management as they are typically low in calories. They are useful reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease, they are low in fat, high in dietary fiber and rich in folic acid and vitamin C. Tubers are the rich source of nutrient, vitamin and minerals with interesting biological activities. So the present study aimed to explore and compare the biochemical and mineral composition of Daucus carota, L. and Raphanus sativus, L. In the present study Daucus carota showed high amount of vitamin A and low amount of vitamin K. Vitamin A act as immune for our eye power. So it is a best way to eat the carrot, natural source of Vitamin A regularly. In Daucus minerals are present in desired amount (Calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus). In Raphanus sativus vitamin A was found to be higher then vitamin C. It is observed that Daucus carota and Raphanus sativus has high concentration of vitamin, calcium potassium, when compared with RDA value. Carrot and Radish are less expensive and readily available in market and found to be rich in minerals and nutrient. It is suggestible for patients with mental depression, brittle bones, leg muscle spasms caused due to calcium deficiency. It is also advisable for anemic people due to iron deficiency in the body. The result of the study using Daucus carota and Raphanus sativus reveals the tubers as a herbal alternative for various nutrient such as Vitamin K, vitamin C, and A Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Potassium and Phosphorus.