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Volume 2 Number 5 May 2020
EFFECTS OF DIET SUPPLEMENTED WITH DENNETTIA TRIPETALA ON GROWTH PERFORMANCE OF ALBINO RATSPages: 33-37
Authors: Yetunde H. Adebiyi*, Muhammed Dauda, Richard O. Babatunde, Bernard O. Odey, Omolaiye C. Aderemi, Onoruoiza I. Suleiman, Timothy Enenche
This study was carried out to determine the proximate composition of Dennettia tripetala and the effect of dietary supplementation of Dennettia tripetala on growth performance of albino rats. The proximate compositions of the fruits were determined using association of official analytical chemist method. Twenty five rats were used and were divided in to five groups of 5 rats. Group 1 served as control while group 2-5 were fed dietary inclusion of Dennettia tripetala fruits at 5, 10, 15 and 20% inclusion respectively for 28 days. The feed intake and weight gain of rats were determined on a daily and weekly basis respectively. The Dennettia tripetala fruit is rich in fiber (14.72%), ash (6.73%), protein (15.99%) and carbohydrates (50.49%). The moisture and fat content were 8.54% and 3.52% respectively. The results showed that rats fed with 10% dietary inclusion of Dennettia tripetala fruits had the highest weight gain compared to the control. In conclusion, the result has shown that Dennettia tripetala fruit is a good source of nutrients and therefore, it may play important role in the management of colon cancer, oedema, hyperglycemia, digestive disorders and hypertension.