Vitamins Composition of Pulp, Seed and Rind of Fresh and Dry Rambutan Nephelium Lappaceum and Squash Cucurbita pepo’L

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Author(s) Johnson J.T. | Abam K.I. | Ujong U. P. | Odey M.O. | Inekwe V.U. | Dasofunjo K. | Inah G.M.
Pages 71-76
Volume 2
Issue 1
Date January, 2013
Keywords vitamins-content, pulp, seed, rind, rambutan (nephelium lappaceum, squash (cucurbita pepo’l).

The vitamins contents of the pulp, seeds and rind of Nephelium lappaceum and Cucurbita pepo’L were evaluated. The study was carried out on both fresh and dried samples. Results of the investigation reveal that the fresh Nephelium lappaceum pulp, seed and rind were high in pro-vitamin A (carotenoid) content though lesser than those of Cucurbita pepo’L. Nephelium lappaceum pulp was superior in ascorbic acid compared with other parts. However, the rind of fresh Cucurbita pepo’L was also high in vitamin C compared with the seed and the pulp. Beside, the fruits were generally low in B vitamins but high in caloric value. Although there was a significant difference at (p< 0.05) in the vitamins contents in the different parts of the fruits, the vitamins 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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