International Journal of Advanced Science and Research

International Journal of Advanced Science and Research


International Journal of Advanced Science and Research
International Journal of Advanced Science and Research
Vol. 5, Issue 5 (2020)

Proximate, minerals and anti-nutritional analysis of pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo l) pulp extract


AM Bagudo, MM Warrah, Kofa ID, Senchi DS

Developing countries like Nigeria wage a perpetual uphill battle to produce sufficient food for their ever increasing population and at the same time gain economic independence. Hence, this research reveals the proximate, minerals and anti- nutritive components of the edible pulp of Nigeria cucurbita pepo L. On dry weight basis, the pulp has the following proximate composition: moisture content (2.00%); ash content (12.5%) crude lipid (13.16%); crude fibre (2.5%); crude protein (16.7%); available carbohydrate (55.15%); and calorific value (564Kcal/100g). The elemental analysis shows that potassium is the most abundant element (282.15/100g) sodium (154.10mg/100g) calcium (28.34mg/100); magnesium (120.24mg/100g) phosphorus (4.3568mg/100g); iron (0.78mg/100g) cobalt (1.99mg/100g);zinc (5.25mg/100g), while manganese is the least (0.13mg/100g). The anti-nutritional parameter analyzed include phytate (126.7.3±2.406mg/100g); Oxalate (0.0126±0.017mg/100g) hydrocyanic content (0.132±9.06×10-3mg/10g) and nitrate (0.0105±5.730µg). The results indicated that pumpkin (cucurbita pepo L) pulp is an important source of protein, carbohydrate and essential minerals with low concentration of anti- nutritional factors which if properly utilized would assist curtailing the problem of malnutrition in the society.
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