Study of Nutritional Values of Some Traditional Foods in Nigeria

Document Type: Research Paper

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Department of Nutrition, Health Institute of Nigeria

Abstract

In this study Nutritional status of traditional weaning meals used in Oriade Local Government Area of Osun State Nigeria was evaluated. Five different fortified weaning meals were labelled as Red beans based diet (RBD), White beans based diet (WBD), Groundnut based diet (GND), Soya beans based diet (SBD) and Sorghum based diet (SGD). These meals were also used to feed five groups of young three old rats. Rat’s initial weights of rats were recorded and thereafter remained on their ordinary diet for twelve weeks. The final rat’s body weight was also recorded after the twelve weeks of the experiment. The rats finally were sacrificed and their liver, heart, and kidney weights were compared with control.  In addition, the results revealed that soybeans based diet resulted in the best growth in comparison to other formulas and control treatment. However, this study concluded by advising nursing mothers to complement these weaning formulas with one another to wean their babies since, if prepared hygienically may improve the nutritional status of their babies.

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