Volume 8, Issue 4, July 2020, Page: 103-107
Phytochemical Profiles and Antioxidant Activity of Legumes Consumed in Botswana
Sarah Tshepho Pona Matenge, Department of Research, Boitekanelo College, Gaborone, Botswana
Received: Jun. 18, 2020;       Accepted: Jul. 1, 2020;       Published: Jul. 30, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.jfns.20200804.15      View  15      Downloads  5
Legume consumption has been consistently linked with lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and Coronary heart disease (CHD), as a result from their unique phytochemicals. Studies investigating phytochemical profiles and antioxidant activity of legumes in Botswana are limited. Five legume varieties were studied. All the legumes showed a significant amount of total phenolic acids and flavonoids ranging from 64.83 to 828.69 mg of gallic acid equiv/100 g of sample, DW and from 85.36 to 410.99 ± 21.24 mg of catechin equiv/100 g of sample, DW respectively. Their antioxidant activity ranged from 50.7 to 114.6 mg vitamin C /100g of DW. In this study, there was a positive correlation between TPCs and PSC value of the samples (R2=0.9940, P<0.01). The higher TPCs resulted in higher antioxidant activity, an indication that phenolics were the major contributors to antioxidant activities. Chlorogenic, caffeic, p-coumaric, and ferulic acid were detected in all Cowpea varieties (Cowpea-Thamagana Speckle, Cowpea-Inia, and Cowpea-Red). The results from the study emphasize the importance of these legumes as a source of phenolic acids and antioxidants which could contribute to their health promoting properties and prevention of some diseases.
Legumes, Phytochemicals, Phenolics, Flavonoids, Antioxidant Activity, HPLC
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Sarah Tshepho Pona Matenge, Phytochemical Profiles and Antioxidant Activity of Legumes Consumed in Botswana, Journal of Food and Nutrition Sciences. Vol. 8, No. 4, 2020, pp. 103-107. doi: 10.11648/j.jfns.20200804.15
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