PRELIMINARY STUDIES ON MILLIPEDE: PROXIMATE COMPOSITION, NUTRITIONALLY VALUABLE MINERALS AND PHYTATE CONTENTS
AbstractThe nutritive potential of millipede was evaluated with respect to its proximate composition, energy value, mineral and phytate contents. It contained 24.85g/100g DM crude protein, crude fibre 4.88g/100g DM while ash was 2.23g/100g DM. The sample had low level of fat (5.20/100g DM). The energy level was 397.56Kcal. The concentration of Ca, K, Mg, Na, Cl and I were found to be high whereas Zn, Fe and Mn were low. The levels of phytate and phytate phosphorus were generally high and the sample had more than 80% of its total phosphorus linked to phytate. The phytate: Zn molar ratio of the sample was relatively low, indicating excellent Zn bioavailability. Based on the results, it is suggested that nutritional potentials of millipede should be harnessed.
KEY WORDS: Millipede, proximate composition, minerals, phytate, bioavailability.
Global Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol.2(2) 2003: 68-71