Asouzu AI, Dangombe TH, Obichere AO, Wogu EA and Ighere DA
This study assessed the nutritional values of recipe developed from Eleusine coracana (finger millet) and enriched with Adansonia Digitata (baobab) towards sustainable health amongst pregnant women. The study determined differences in proximate, mineral, and vitamin characteristics of finger millet cereal enriched with baobab flour and ordinary finger millet cereal. The study adopted the research and development (R and D) cycle. All chemical analyses were carried out using AOAC (1995) method. Some of the findings include minor increase in moisture of the enriched finger millet cereal (6.01%) compared to the ordinary finger millet cereal (5.81%); the crude protein content of the enriched flour evaluated was 13.91% compared to the ordinary flour which was 8.42%, low Sodium (10.10%); potassium (77.21%); Iron (8.12%); Zinc (2.11%), and Copper (1.67%) were high. The study recommended that awareness creation by nutritionists during counseling sessions on the usefulness of the potentials inherent in baobab pulp flour to nutrient enrichment of foods for pregnant women, and that the baobab-enriched finger millet cereal flour can be used for several purposes such as swallows, gruels among others.
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