Comparative Vitamins Content of Pulp, Seed and Rind of Fresh and Dried Watermelon (Citrullus Lanatus)

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Author(s) Johnson, J. T. | Lennox, J.A. | Ujong, U.P. | Odey, M.O. | Fila, W.O. | Edem, P.N. |Dasofunjo, K
Pages 99-103
Volume 2
Issue 1
Date January, 2013
Keywords Comparative, Vitamins-Content, Pulp, Seed, Rind Watermelon (Citrullus Lanatus).
Abstract

The nutritional quality of pulp, seeds and rind of Citrullus lanatus, was evaluated. The study was carried out on both fresh and dried samples. Results of the investigation reveal that Citrullus lanatus rind was superior to Citrullus lanatus Pulp, seed. Citrullus lanatus pulp,seed and rind were low in their pro-vitamin A (carotenoid) though that of the rind was higher compared with other parts of the fruit. More so, vitamin C (ascorbic acid) content of the rind and seed were significantly (p< 0.05) lower compared with the pulp. Beside, the fruits generally were low in B vitamins. Although there was a significant difference at (p< 0.05) in the nutrient contents in the different parts of the fruits, the nutrients in the seeds and rind which are the parts always discarded, can contribute immensely to recommended daily allowance and maintenance of good nutritional status and hence good health for both man and animals.

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