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Comparative study of the proximate composition of pyxicephalus adspersus and oreochromis niloticus from nigerian wetland

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Daniel, U. I., Vincent-Akpu, I.F., Umesi, N. and Togi, P. D.
Subject Area: 
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Abstract: 

A study was conducted to evaluate the carbohydrate, lipid, ash, protein, moisture and fiber contents of samples of African bullfrog (Pyxicephalus adspersus) and tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) collected from ARAC, Aluu, Port Harcourt, Nigeria from Novenber 2013 – February 2014. Slight variations in chemical compositions of both species, some of which were statistically significant, were observed in the study. The range of mean values of carbohydrate (0.54 ± 0.01 – 1.29 ± 0.10%), lipid (0.99 ± 0.33 – 4.54 ± 2.13%), ash (4.02 ± 0.51 – 7.20 ± 1.67%), protein (6.41 ± 0.46 – 13.53 ± 0.74%), moisture (71.86 ± 0.51 – 78.95 ± 3.44%) and fiber (2.31 ± 0.54 – 14.67 ± 2.31%) recorded were consistent with values reported in previous studies. P. adspersus and O. niloticus both represent an attractive and important source of animal protein, providing approximately some 10 – 13% of animal protein for human consumption. Animals with lipid content < 5% are classified to have low-oil content. Lipid contents of P. adspersus and O. niloticus recorded in this study were all below 5%, and therefore falls within the low-oil category that is nutritionally fit for human consumption.

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