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2010 (Vol. 2, Issue: 3)
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Characterisation and Nutritional Potentials of Rhynchophorus phoenicis Larva Consumed in Congo-Brazzaville

J.M. Nzikou, F. Mbemba, M. Mvoula-Tsiéri, B. Diabangouaya-Batéla, K.E. Malela, A. Kimbonguila, C.B. Ndangui, N.P. Pambou-Tobi, Th. Silou and S. Desobry
Corresponding Author:  Jean Mathurin N'ZIKOU 

Key words:  DSC, Essential fatty acid, oil yield, physicochemical properties, proximate composition, Rhynchophorus phoenicis,
Vol. 2 , (3): Page No: 189-194
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2010 April, 01 2010 April, 09 2010 May, 20
Abstract:

In this study, the proximate composition and physicochemical analyses were carried out on the larva and extracted oil of Rhynchophorus phoenicis. The results showed that the larva contained 0% moisture, 24% crude protein, 6.3% ash, 68.5% fat and 1.2% carbohydrate. The larvas were found to be good sources of minerals. Sodium (832.59±0.5 mg/100g) was the highest, followed in descending order by magnesium (132.7±0.20 mg/100g), calcium (72.4±0.72mg/100g) and potassium (22.89±1.7 mg/100g). The physical properties of the oil extracts showed the state to be semi-solid at room temperature. The oil w as found to contain high levels of unsaturated fatty acids, especially oleic (up to 41.20%) and linoleic (up to 12.50%). The dominant saturated acid was palmitic (up to 31.10%). The oil extracts exhibited good physicochemical properties and could be useful as edible oils and for industrial applications.
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J.M. Nzikou, F. Mbemba, M. Mvoula-Tsiéri, B. Diabangouaya-Batéla, K.E. Malela, A. Kimbonguila, C.B. Ndangui, N.P. Pambou-Tobi, Th. Silou and S. Desobry, 2010. Characterisation and Nutritional Potentials of Rhynchophorus phoenicis Larva Consumed in Congo-Brazzaville.  Current Research Journal of Biological Sciences, 2(3): Page No: 189-194.
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