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Ezeh Chidimma Francisca

Ezeh Chidimma Francisca

Federal University of Technology, Owerri

Title: Production and proximate analysis of zobo-tigernut drink (Tybo drink)

Biography

Ezeh Chidinma Francisca is working at Federal University of Technology, Nigeria. She has extended her valuable service for many years and has been a recipient of many award and grants. Her international experience includes various programs, contributions and participation in different countries for diverse fields of study. Her research interests reflect in her wide range of publications in various national and international journals. 

Abstract

Beverages are essential for their thirst quenching function as well as their ability to provide nutrients especially the micro nutrients..That  is why there is a renewed interest  in  naturally  sourced  beverage   in  preference to  the artificially flavoured beverages .Zobo has a unigue taste that makes it pleasurable to  all classes of people in Nigeria .Tigernuts on the other hand are remarkably  nutrient dence, high  in  iron ,potassium zinc, phosphorus, vitamin E and C.This research was therefore carried out to produce a nutritious drink from blend of zobo and tigernuts.500grams of zobo  and tiger nuts were purchased, sorted and washed. Zobo drink was prepared by cooking and extraction .The tigernuts were washed ground and milk extracted. The blending was done using different  ratios of tigernuts juice/milk (100mils to 500mils 0f zobo,200mils of tigernuts to  500mils of zobo  etc).the sample that  was blended with 200mils of tigernuts was the best in colour  and taste and was selected for proximate analysis. The  proximate analysis carried out showed  that  the tybo  drink has 40.8 mg  of ascorbic acid, 6.6mg of calcium 2.4 gram of potassium 4.6 g of phosphorus 2.1gof sodium 5.4g of protein  and2.7g of fat. Developing a nutritious drink from zobo and  tigernuts will  help individuals meet their daily reguired  intake of micro nutrients.