Nutrient and Heavy Metal Composition of Plantain (Musa paradisiaca) and Banana (Musa paradisiaca) PeelsOkorie DO1*, Eleazu CO2 and Nwosu P2
- *Corresponding Author:
- Okorie DO
Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: January 07, 2015; Accepted date: April 06, 2015; Published date: April 27, 2015
Citation: Okorie DO, Eleazu CO, Nwosu P (2015) Nutrient and Heavy Metal Composition of Plantain (Musa paradisiaca) and Banana (Musa paradisiaca) Peels. J Nutr Food Sci 5:370. doi: 10.4172/2155-9600.1000370
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The total protein, calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), potassium (K), sodium (Na), phosphorous (P), zinc (Zn), copper (Cu) and lead (Pb) composition of the peels of unripe plantain, ripe plantain, unripe banana and ripe banana were investigated using standard techniques. All the peel samples studied contained considerable amounts of Ca, Mg, K, Na, P, Zn, Cu, and protein while the amount of Pb in all the peel samples were quite low to cause any deleterious effects. The study showed the nutritional relevance of the peels of these plants.