Chemical Studies on Some Nigerian Cereals

Oke, O.L. (1965) Chemical Studies on Some Nigerian Cereals. Cereal Chemistry, 42. pp. 299-302.

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This paper reports on the chemical composition of three Nigerian cereals, maize (Zea mays), grain sorghum (Sorghum spp.), and rice (Oryza sativa). Sorghum is the richest in crude protein (13.0%) and crude fiber (2.9%), maize in caloric value (409.7 cal.), ether extract (4.1%), and ash (3.7%), and rice in carbohydrate (85.7%). In general the mineral content of rice is lowest while that of maize and sorghum follows the same trend. The same thing applies for oxalic and phytic acids. The similarity in chemical composition of maize to sorghum shows that sorghum could replace maize (and vice versa) without significantly changing the nutritive value of the diet.

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: Department of Chemistry, University of Ife, Nigeria.
Subjects: Postharvest Management > Food Technology
Crop Improvement
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Library ICRISAT-InfoSAT
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2012 13:10
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2012 13:10
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