Samson Ishola Ibironke1* and Isaac Owotomo2
1Department of Food Science and Technology, Obafemi Awolowo University,
2Department of Haematology and Immunology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author: Samson Ishola Ibironke, Department of Food Science and Technology, Faculty of Technology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.
Received: February 20, 2020; Published: February 28, 2020
The effects of processing on the nutritive value of fluted pumpkin vegetable leaves (ugu) and seed Nutrients (Telfairia occidentalis) on the health of Wister Rats were investigated. Sixty white Wister strain albino rats were purchased from animal breeding center Obafemi Awolowo University Faculty of Health Science Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Experimental Diets were formulated from Basal, Animal feed (Control), Uncooked ugu leave, Cooked ugu seed, Uncooked ugu seed and Dry ugu leave. The following parameters were carried out on growth response of experimental animal for 21 days, weight of the internal organs of experimental animals were taken after 21 days, The livers were ranged from 2.78g to 3.63g, Kidney were ranged from 0.50g to 0.90g and Heart were ranged between 0.21g to 0. 31g. Nitrogen retention of experimental animals and bioassay of the experimental animals fed on processed fluted pumpkin vegetable leaves and seeds for 21days were favourably comparable.
The results suggests that the experimental rats with cooked ugu sustained better in comparison to the rats with uncooked ugu leave and seed while mortality was reported for diets produced from uncooked ugu leave and uncooked ugu seed on 7th and 10th day of the experiment respectively.
In conclusion unprocessed diets had adverse effect on nutritive value of fluted pumpkin vegetable leaves (ugu) and seed nutrients (Telfairia occidentalis) on the health of Wister Rats. Growth Response of rats were improved, weight of the internal organs were increased, the nitrogen retention of and bioassay of the experimental animals for the processed fluted pumpkin vegetable leaves (ugu) and seed nutrients had higher biological values.
Keywords: Health of Wister Rat; Cooked ugu Seeds; Uncooked ugu Seeds
Citation: Samson Ishola Ibironke and Isaac Owotomo. “Effect of Processing on the Nutritive Value of Fluted Pumpkin Vegetable Leaves (ugu) and Seed Nutrients (Telfairia Occidentalis) on the Health of Wister Rats". Acta Scientific Nutritional Health 4.3 (2020): 127-131.
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