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Comparison of Nutritional Values of Chlorophytum comocum and Alocacia indica, Vegetables consumed in India and Iran: A Preliminary Study

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Author(s): Ali Aberoumand

Journal: Iranica Journal of Energy and Environment (IJEE)
ISSN 2079-2115

Volume: 1;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 192;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: Chlorophytum comocum | Alocacia indica S. | Micronutrients | Proximate and mineral composition.

ABSTRACT
In addition to meeting nutrient intake levels, greater consumption of fruits and vegetables is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and cancers. The proximate composition and mineral constituents of Chlorophytum comocum root tubers were evaluated. The root tubers contained a ashes: 10.38%,crude protein: 4.54%, crude lipid: 2.00%, crude fiber: 17.24%, and carbohydrates: 65.84%. The leaves and stem also have high energy value (299.52kcal/100g)dry weight where as Alocacia indica stem contained a ashes: 9.1%,crude protein: 5.44%, crude lipid: 3.25%, crude fiber: 22.9%, and carbohydrates: 59.31%. The stem also have high energy value (288.25kcal/100g)dry weight Comparing the root tubers mineral contents with recommended dietary allowances (RDA), the results indicated that Chlorophytum comocum root tubers could be a good supplement for some nutrients such as calcium, fibre and carbohydrates where as the results indicated that Alocacia indica stem could be a good supplement for some nutrients such as Fibre, Potassium, Zinc, lipid, and Carbohydrates. The root tubers and the stem could be promoted as a carbohydrate supplement for cereal-based diets in poor rural communities, while its high potassium content could be utilized for the management of hypertension and other cardiovascular conditions.
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