WADI RICE

Main Componentsa

 

Essential Amino Acids

 

Calcium (mg)

36

Cystine

1.5

Copper (mg)

0.6

Isoleucine

4.1

Iron (mg)

15.1

Leucine

8.6

Magnesium (mg)

243

Lysine

3.6

Manganese (mg)

4.4

Methionine

2.2

Phosphorus (mg)

495

Phenylalanine

5.2

Potassium (mg)

333

Threonine

3.4

Sodium (mg)

9

Tyrosine

4.8

Zinc (mg)

4

Valine

5.9

a Assuming 10 percent moisture.

This chapter's tables and graphs show that Africa's famine-food grains can be quite nutritious. They are notably rich in those amino acids that are essential for human health but that are normally deficient in sorghum and the other common staples. Kram-kram, Egyptian grass, and wadi rice, for example, have more of the sulfur-containing amino acids than the FAO reference protein requirement. Egyptian grass and shama millet proteins are also significantly higher in threonine than those usually reported for sorghum protein. Wadi rice protein (see above) is notably better than sorghum, but it closely resembles that of common cultivated rice in its amino-acid composition.



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