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Scholarly Journal of Agricultural Science Vol. 10(2) pp.43-47 July, 2020
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ISSN 2276-7118 © 2020 Scholarly-Journals

Effect of ash produced from different agricultural residue as an alternative for natron on human health

Ojo Celestina Adebimpe

Department of Food Technology and Human Nutrition, University of Agriculture Krakow, Poland Email: bimpe4luv007@gmail.com..

Abstract :


Natron is used for the preparations of certain food and it stays in the body. The study as carried out to consider the health impact of ash produced from agricultural residues (palm bunch ash, sesame stem ash, and parkia wood ash) with the aim to consider their suitability as alternative to natron consumption. The study was carried out in the histology Laboratory School of Veterinary University of Ibadan. Mele Wistar albino rats weighing between 100-140kg body weights purchased from Central Animal Laboratory, Physiology Department of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. The animals were kept in plastic cages with wire cover in the paddock. The experiment was laid out in a Complete Randomize Block Design (RCBD) with five treatments replicated four times. The rats were fed with feed and water and weight once a week for a period of four weeks. After four weeks, the animals were anaesthetized with chloroform vapour. Blood samples were collected through cardiac puncture into labelled tubes for electrolyte analyses and allowed to stand for 30 minutes to clot and centrifuged at 4000 g for 10mm and the serum obtained was pipette into labelled tubes. The data collected was subjected to mean and analysis if variance (ANOVA). The result of proximate composition of different source of the food additives shows that Crude protein ranges from 0.03%, to 0.05% to 0.07%, and 0.09% for natron, palm bunch ash, sesame stem ash, and parkia wood ash respectively. The fat and fiber content was 0.00 for all the food additives, the ash content in the food additives suggested good mineral preservation capacity. Owing the various changes in the histology test assessed, Parkia wood ash and Natron are toxic to the kidney and liver and can induce damages. Palm bunch ash shows a better performance while sesame stem ash shows the best health performance.


Key words: Natron, Fat and fiber, Agricultural residues and Ash.

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