Mineral content of traditional leafy vegetables from western Kenya.

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dc.contributor.author Orech, F. O.
dc.contributor.author Christensen, D. L.
dc.contributor.author Larsen, T.
dc.contributor.author Friis, H.
dc.contributor.author Aagaard-Hansen, J.
dc.contributor.author Estambale, Benson B.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-21T09:45:00Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-21T09:45:00Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.issn 0963-7486
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.jooust.ac.ke:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/1290
dc.description.abstract Socio-economic changes that have taken place in Africa have influenced people's eating habits in both rural and urban set-ups. Most people prefer introduced foods to traditional foods, including plant foods whose consumption is widely regarded as a primitive culture manifesting poor lifestyles. However, recent studies on traditional plant foods have shown that some are highly nutritious; containing high levels of both vitamins and minerals. They also have potential as a remedy to counter food insecurity since most are well adapted to the local environment, enabling them to resist pests, drought and diseases. This paper describes the mineral (calcium, iron and zinc) contents in some 54 traditional vegetable species collected from Nyang'oma area of Bondo district, western Kenya. Atomic absorption spectroscopy was used to determine the mineral content. We found that most traditional leafy vegetables, domesticated and wild, generally contain higher levels of calcium, iron and zinc compared with the introduced varieties such as spinach (Spanacia oleracea), kale (Brassica oleracea var. acephala) and cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata). The results of this study could contribute towards identification, propagation and subsequent domestication and cultivation promotion of nutrient-rich and safe species within the farming systems of the local communities in Kenya, sub-Saharan Africa or elsewhere. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en_US
dc.subject Calcium en_US
dc.subject Iron en_US
dc.subject zinc en_US
dc.subject Traditional leafy vegetables en_US
dc.subject Kenya en_US
dc.title Mineral content of traditional leafy vegetables from western Kenya. en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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