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Proximate and Mineral Composition of Cocoyam (Colocasia esculenta L. and Xanthosoma sagittifolium L.) Grown Along the Lake Victoria Basin in Tanzania and Uganda

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dc.contributor.author Ndabikunze, B.K.
dc.contributor.author Talwana, H. A. L
dc.contributor.author Mongi, R. J.
dc.contributor.author Issa-Zacharia, A.
dc.contributor.author Serem, A. K.
dc.contributor.author Palapala, Valerie Adema
dc.contributor.author Nandi, J. O. M.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-03-27T08:56:08Z
dc.date.available 2019-03-27T08:56:08Z
dc.date.issued 2011-04
dc.identifier.uri http://erepo.usiu.ac.ke/11732/4515
dc.description Journal Article en_US
dc.description.abstract The proximate and mineral compositions of cocoyam (Colossian esculenta L. and Xanthosoma sagittifolium L.) grown along Lake Victoria Basin in Tanzania and Uganda were analyzed. C. esculenta and X. sagittifolium samples were significantly (p < 0.05) different in terms of their proximate composition and mineral contents regardless of their country of origin. Proximate analyses included ash, crude protein, and crude fibre. Proximate composition of cocoyam results demonstrated that X. sagittifolium variety is nutritionally superior to that of C. esculenta. Minor nutrients measured were calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, sodium, zinc, manganese, and potassium. The results from these analyses demonstrate that the proximate composition of cocoyam produced in Uganda is substantially different from that produced in Kenya, regardless of the variety. Information obtained from this study can be used to develop cocoyam based food products with enhanced nutrition and potential to promote commercial scale production and utilization of cocoyam in East African countries. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Academic Journals en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries African Journal of Food Science Vol. 5(4) pp. 248 - 254, April 2011;
dc.subject Colocasia esculenta en_US
dc.subject Xanthosoma sagittifolium en_US
dc.subject Proximate Composition en_US
dc.subject Mineral Content en_US
dc.subject Lake Victoria Basin en_US
dc.title Proximate and Mineral Composition of Cocoyam (Colocasia esculenta L. and Xanthosoma sagittifolium L.) Grown Along the Lake Victoria Basin in Tanzania and Uganda en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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