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A REVIEW ON THE NUTRITIONAL AND HEALTH SIGNIFICANCE OF AFRICAN YAM BEAN
Authors: Ikala, Gloria Ulenya, Ochelle, Paul Ohini*, Ochelle, Betsy Ojobo
African yam bean (Sphenostylis stenocarpa) is a leguminous crop grown in West African particularly in Nigeria, Cameroon, Cote d’lvoire, Ghana, and Togo. It is grown as a minor crop in mixed association with yam and cassava. It is used extensively in various dietary preparations and has potential for supplementing the protein requirements of many families throughout the year. Its current low status as a minor crop shows it’s potential is largely unexploited. African yam bean are nutritious food sources that are valuable industrially even in consideration for enzyme production purposes. This review focused majorly on the nutritional and health significance of African yam bean.