Proximate and Mineral Composition of the Fruit of Ficus polita

Journal of Applied Life Sciences International

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Title Proximate and Mineral Composition of the Fruit of Ficus polita
Creator Nasir, A.
Jaafar, F. I.
Muhammad, I. U.
Matazu, K. I.
Yaradua, A. I.
Usman, A.
Suleiman, Z. A.
Sulaiman, H.
Nasir, N. M.
Description The proximate and mineral analyses were conducted in the Department of Biochemistry Laboratory, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Bayero University Kano, Nigeria, in May 2019. The study was carried out to determine the proximate and mineral composition of the fruit of Ficus polita using standard analytical methods. The fruit on dry weight basis (DW) contains moisture (9.12 %), ash (1.30 %), crude lipid (20.51 %), crude fibre (56.69 %), crude protein (1.19 %), available carbohydrates (11.40 %), and calorific value (234.98 Kcal/100 g). The fruit also contains potassium (324.46 mg/100 g), sodium (164.78 mg/100 g), calcium (91.09 mg/100 g), magnesium (70.06 mg/100 g), iron (3.39 mg/100 g), zinc (0.46 mg/100 g), manganese (0.37 mg/100 g), copper (0.23 mg/100 g), and cobalt (0.11 mg/100 g). The study revealed that F. polita fruit contains an appreciable amount of calorific value, crude fibre, crude lipid, available carbohydrate, and crude protein. The fruit was also found to be rich in minerals such as potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and iron. The fruit should be recommended as a good source of energy, fibre, lipid, carbohydrate, protein, potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, and iron.
Publisher SCIENCEDOMAIN international
Date 2020-08-27
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Format application/pdf
Source Journal of Applied Life Sciences International; 2020 - Volume 23 [Issue 8]; 7-13
Language eng
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Nasir et al.; This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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