NUTRITIONAL ASSESSMENT OF UNDERUTILIZED NON-TRADITIONAL LEAFY VEGETABLE LAMBS QUARTER OF LOWER SINDH, PAKISTAN
Keywords:non-traditional vegetable, lambs quarter, proximate composition, phytochemicals, mineral elements
Nontraditional vegetables play a vital role in the diet of the people throughout the world. Among the non-traditional leafy vegetables of Sindh Pakistan, the edible portion (leaves) of lambs quarter was analyzed for their proximate, mineral and phytochemical composition. The results from nutritional analysis showed that lambs quarter had a low content of crude fat and high content of moisture, ash, crude protein, crude fiber, carbohydrates and energy. The vegetable was also rich in major minerals like K+, Ca2+ and Mg2+ and sufficient in essential trace elements (Fe2+, Cu2+ and Zn2+). The phytochemicals including alkaloids, saponins, flavonoids, total phenols and tannins were found in larger quantities in fresh samples. Taking into account the amount of available mineral elements, phytochemical contents and other nutrients in lambs quarter, this non-traditional vegetable could be valuable and important contributor to the diets of the people in Sindh, Pakistan.
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