The composition of fatty acids in seed oils of Chrysophyllum albidum (CA), Asimina tribola (AT), Sida rhombofolia (SR), Luffa cylindrical (LC), Telfairia occidentalis (TO), Lagenaria ciceraria (LS), Dioclea reflexa (DR), Bombax glabra (BG) and Mucuna sloanei (MS) found in Akoko area of Ondo State , Nigeria were investigated using Gas Chromatography (GC). The oils yield ranged between 1.60% AT and 51.43% in DR. Both saturated and unsaturated were identified in all the seed oils with the latter being the predominant. The total unsaturated fatty acids ranged between 52.66% in SR and 79.63% in LC. Essential fatty acids (linoleic, ω-6 and linolenic, ω-3) were in abundant and ranged between 29.17% and 52.75% in SR and LC, respectively. The saturated fatty acid ranged from 20.38% in LC to 47.30% in SR seed oils. The oleic to linoleic ratio (O/L) ranged between 0.28 to 2.20 in TO and CA, respectively. The presence of abundant unsaturated fatty acids like oleic, linoleic and linolenic could be of biological and industrial significance to humans. Keywords: Fatty acids, gas chromatography, seed oils, biological and industrial.
PAPER TITLE :EVALUATION OF FATTY ACID COMPOSITION OF SOME UNDERUTILIZED PLANT OIL SEEDS FOUND IN AKOKO AREA OF ONDO STATE, NIGERIA
FUTA JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN SCIENCE | VOLUME 10 NUMBER 2 2014
- Author(s) : A. Olonisakin