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Abstract

DETERMINATION OF BETA- CAROTENE AND VITAMIN A [RETINOL] IN PALM OIL FROM TWO VARIETIES OF PALM FRUITS (ELAEIS GUINEESIS TENERA AND DURA)

Ike O. C., Chime C. C. and Ugwu M. C.

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The two varieties of palm fruits, Elaeis guineansis (Tenera) and Elaeis guineensis (Dura) obtained from Ogbeke, Agbani in Enugu state was carried out to determine the Beta-carotene and Vitamin content using a spectrophotometer method (model 22uv/visible) at wavelength of 436 nm. Determination of the Beta-Carotene obtained for the species were 1.45 x 10-1 mg/ml and 1.47 x 10-9 mg/ml for Dura and Tenera respectively, while Vitamin A were 1.82 mg/ml and 0.335 mg/ml for Dura and Tenera Species respectively. The result revealed that Elaeistenera had a low beta-carotene content and vitamin A concentration than Elaeis-dura in the study.

Keywords: Tenera, Dura, petroleum ether, acetone


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