Discover the Dietary Importance of Termite (Aku).

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Termites have been consumed around the world. However, with modernization, there has been a decline in this practice; yet termite can provide beneficial nutrients to the human body. A research was conducted to assess the nutrient content of termite. Termite (Macrotermes subhylanus) samples were collected from Siaya District during the short and long rainy seasons. Nutrient composition analysis was performed. The termite showed a protein content of 45.9 ± 0.2%, while iron was the most abundant trace mineral in the termite with a value of 11.52 ± 0.92 mg/100g. it also showed that termite had a riboflavin content of 3.39 ± 1.76 mg/100g. Oleic acid was the main fatty acid present in termite with a value of 53.07 ± 1.21%. The neutral lipids formed the major lipid fraction in termite with a value of 64.73 ± 1.59% .A serving of 100g of fried dried termite was found to contribute 13% retinol RDI and 150% of riboflavin RDI. The mushroom-termite composite soup with 2.5% and wheat-termite composite buns with 5% termite had the highest consumer preference rating. The mushroom-termite composite provides 61.24% of the protein RDI while the wheat-termite composite buns provide 34.73% of the protein RDI on consumption of 100g of the product. The researchers therefore concluded that termite is a rich source of nutrients required by the body.termite2

 

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