EFFECTS OF INFESTATION BY BRUCHID BEETLES (CALLOSOBRUCHUS MACULATUS) ON THE NUTRITIONAL QUALITY AND SENSORY PROPERTIES OF COWPEAS (VIGNA UNGUICULATA)

P.C. OJIMELUKWE, F.C. OGWUMIKE
  • Journal of Food Biochemistry, December 1999, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-4514.1999.tb00591.x

Insect Infestation reduces the nutrient quality of cowpea seeds

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What is it about?

The composition and nutritional quality of three infested/uninfested cowpea varieties were compared. infestation led to increases in moisture content but decreases in protein ash and soluble carbohydrates of the seeds. Animal experiments indicated that the protein efficiency ratio; feed efficiency ratio; weight reduced for animals fed infested samples. The sensory properties were poorer as well as the indices of fat deterioration.

Why is it important?

This research provides information about the extent of damage to nutrients induced by insect infestation. Although infested seeds are easily obtained from commercial sources, they provide fewer nutrients than their wholesome counterparts and contain deteriorated substances that may harm the body.

Perspectives

Professor Philippa C OJIMELUKWE
Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Abia state, Nigeria

This research shows that consumers should avoid infested seeds. they are not healthy

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