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Micronutrient and Anti Nutrient Components of Selected Unconventional Leafy Vegetables in Bangalore City,India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Food and Nutrition, Smt VHD Central Institute of Home Science, Seshadri Road, Bangalore, Karnataka, INDIA

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 3, Issue (ISC-2013), Pages 393-395, (2014)


Leafy vegetables are dense in micronutrients, and are of great importance to the nutrition of population in developing countries. Nutritive value of commonly consumed leafy vegetables has been studied extensively, but there is very less information available on nutritive value of unconventional leafy vegetables. Hence an attempt has been made to analyse the nutritional composition and anti nutritional factors in selected fifteen dehydrated unconventional leafy vegetables in Bangalore city, Karnataka, India. The iron content of greens ranged between 18.3mg to104mg/100g, with the highest content in Honagone soppu, Alternanthera sessilis (104.53mg). The calcium content ranged between 104mg-388mg, and the highest calcium content found in Thonde soppu, Coccinia grandis (388.72 mg). Among the anti nutritional factors, tannins content ranged between 161mg 1688 mg, with lowest content in Anne soppu, Celosta argentea (161.60mg). The oxalates ranged between 45mg-275mg, the lowest content of 45mg was observed in Vayu soppu, Gynandropsis pentaphylla.


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