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2010 (Vol. 2, Issue: 6)
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The Nutrient Composition of the African Rat

M.A. Oyarekua and A.O. Ketiku
Corresponding Author:  M.A. Oyarekua 

Key words:  Cholesterol, giant rat, minerals, phospholipids, proximate composition, ,
Vol. 2 , (6): 318-324
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2010 October, 05 2010 November, 01 2010 November, 30
Abstract:

The aim of this study is to evaluate and provide nutritional information of the various parts of the rat in raw state. The rodent species are promising because their meat is desirable and nutritional. A complex combination of financial limitation, preference and cultural values underscore the nutritional value of giant rat as food security. There is little contribution of various parts of adult male African giant rat (Cricetomys gambianus) to nutrient intake. The proximate chemical composition, minerals, and cholesterol contents of the skin, liver, limb muscle and brain of African giant rat were investigated using standard methods. The brain had the highest levels of phospholipids, moisture and phosphorus. Limb muscle and liver had highest content of protein while skin had the lowest value. Liver and limb muscle had comparable fat values with brain having the lowest. All samples had excess of iron than Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) .The limb muscle had higher values of potassium, zinc and magnesium. The limb muscle appeared to be m ore desirable in terms of nutritive value.
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M.A. Oyarekua and A.O. Ketiku, 2010. The Nutrient Composition of the African Rat.  Advance Journal of Food Science and Technology, 2(6): 318-324.
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