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Amino acid, fatty acid and mineral content of black finger millet (Eleusine coracana) cultivated on the Jos Plateau of Nigeria.
Glew RS; Chuang LT; Roberts JL; Glew RH
Food 2008 Jun; 2(2):115-118
Finger millet (Eleusine corocana) is a staple of some communities living on the Jos Plateau of north-central Nigeria. Having reported in 2003 on the nutrient content of the more-common tan-colored finger millet, we were interested in knowing the content of essential amino acids, fatty acids and minerals and trace elements of a dark, rust-colored finger millet called "black millet" that is also cultivated in the same mountainous savannah of Nigeria. Black finger millet contains 8.71 mg/g dry weight fatty acid and 8.47 g/g dry weight protein. The specific nutrient contents of the three specimens of black millet we analyzed were nearly identical to that of tan finger millet with respect to amino acid and fatty acid content and composition; however, black finger millet contained only half as much iron and one-tenth as much molybdenum as reported previously for the more common variety of finger millet. Nevertheless, black finger millet represents a good source of the essential amino acids (except lysine), the two essential fatty acids (linoleic acid and a-linolenic acid), and the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc.
Food; Foodstuff; Nutrition; Amino-acids; Proteins; Author Keywords: cereal; essential fatty acids; finger millet
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