Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 9, Issue 3&4,2011
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Physico-chemical properties of a complementary diet prepared from germinated maize, cowpea and pigeon pea


Mopelola Ajoke Sodipo, Joseph Bandele Fashakin

Recieved Date: 2011-05-05, Accepted Date: 2011-10-19


Two legumes, cowpea and pigeon pea, were germinated and their flours were mixed with flour from germinated corn. Each legume was mixed with maize at a ratio 30:70, and a mixture containing both legumes were mixed at a ratio 15:15:70. These were prepared as formulated diets. The diets were analyzed for proximate composition, minerals and physico-chemical characteristics. The results showed that all the diets provided adequate protein for growth ranging from 15.71 to 16.35 g/100 g. The diets also provided adequate energy ranging from 377.67 to 396.87 kcal/100 g. Moreover the diets exhibited low water absorption and swelling capacity, implying low viscosity. It was, thus, concluded that germination improved the nutritional qualities of the diets by reducing bulkiness of the diets.


Germinated maize, cowpea, pigeon pea, dispersability, swelling capacity, viscosity

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2011
Volume: 9
Issue: 3&4
Category: Food and Health
Pages: 23-25

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