Research Article
Volume 17 Issue 4 - 2022
Comparative Study of Complementary Foods Produced from Cowpea and Mellon Sources
Ibironke Samson Ishola* and Jegede Abimbola Aramide
Department of Food Science and Technology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author: Ibironke Samson Ishola, Department of Food Science and Technology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
Received: February 28, 2022; Published: March 30, 2022


Food that are of protein origin are succour to malnutrition in infant and children that are under 5 years of age. The research aimed to formulate complementary food from cowpea and melon protein sources and would be fed to 50 albino experimental animals. The complementary foods was prepared as follows: cowpea ogi (1) melon ogi (2) cowpea melon ogi (3) basal (4) commercial diet-control diet (5). The following parameters was taken into consideration, growth response, weight of endocrine system, biological values. The result revealed that food growth has positive response, weight of endocrine system was increasing steadily, and adequate, biological values was also higher, weight of and endocrine system gained weight, both cowpea and melon protein diets was favourable comparable to control commercial diet expect for diet 4 that had no biological value because it was previously design to be negative protein therefore could not support growth of an experimental animal fed to the group. The cowpea-melon ogi had the highest growth response, followed by control diet, cowpea ogi, mellon ogi and the control diet. This was followed by protein contained diets and basal diet had the least diet the best complementary food was produced from the mixture beans and melon seed. Beans has been confirmed to be polyphenol-rich and have potential effects on human health, possess anti-oxidant, anti-diabetic, anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory and anti-mutagenic and anti-carcinogenic properties. Melon protein also reported to improve appetite, prevent anaemia, it is good for bones. It prevents malnutrition promotes heart health also mellon has been reported of many health, improves vision, reduces inflammation, it is highly digestible, and has antioxidant for properties healthy skin. Boost your immune system and promote proper digestion. Therefore, the combination of two protein sources produce excellent result complementary foods could eradicate malnutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Keywords: Complementary Foods; Cowpea and Melon Protein Sources


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Citation: Ibironke Samson Ishola and Jegede Abimbola Aramide. “Comparative Study of Complementary Foods Produced from Cowpea and Mellon Sources”. EC Nutrition 17.4 (2022): 61-67.

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