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Food Sci Nutr. 2015 May;3(3):252-6. doi: 10.1002/fsn3.213. Epub 2015 Mar 12.

Amino acid profile and oxidizable vitamin content of Synsepalum dulcificum berry (miracle fruit) pulp.

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Department of Food Science and Technology, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria.

Abstract

The amino acid profile of the Synsepalum dulcificum berry was studied. Among the essential amino acid observed, leucine (2.35 g/100 g protein) was the highest while methionine (0.31 g/100 g protein) was the lowest. The nonessential amino acids were also discovered, with glutamic acid (3.43 g/100 g protein) being the highest and glycine (0.38 g/100 g protein), the lowest. The study of the oxidizable vitamins revealed that vitamin C (1.33 mg/100 g) was more abundant than vitamin A (2.54 µg) and vitamin E (0.78 mg/100 g). This information will hopefully enhance the fruits acceptability by more people and thus, generally promote its utilization and appreciation in our diets.

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Amino acid; Synsepalum dulcificum; berry; oxidizable vitamins; pulp

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