I b o k , N . U
U z o h , R . D .
Department of Chemical Science Technology
An edible mushroom specie, Tuber magnatum was screened for the following; crude protein, carbohydrate, crude fibre, ash and moisture content, sodium and potassium respectively. The experimental result showed the following in percentage composition by proximate analysis; crude protein, 20.7%, carbohydrate, 43%, crude fibre, 10%, fat 2.4%, ash content, 12.2%, potassium, 180mg/100g as determined by flame photometric method. The presence of sodium and potassium in foods is very important as recent studies have shown that excess sodium is not the sole consideration in the control of blood pressure. More importantly is the sodium ion/potassium ion (NaT/KT) ratio which has been fixed to be about 0.6. the edible mushroom under study has this ratio of be exactly 0.6 suggesting that our diet should contain about 67% more potassium than sodium.
Keywords: Mushroom, Percentage Composition, Sodium, Potassium, Blood Pressure. I
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