Comparison of Nutritional properties of Prosopis cineraria (Ghaf) with other food products
Saif Al Ghais, Vibha Bhardwaj, Pramod Kumbhar
Prosopis cineraria (Ghaf) tree is an integral part of the cultural heritage of United Arab Emirates (UAE) and to natural desert ecology. Ghaf tree is considered as one of the highly valued trees in many arid and dry areas in the world. In the present research work, we have attempted to compare the nutrient content of the Ghaf leaves with pulses, cheese, milk, soya; to understand its health benefits and nutritional properties. Nutritional analysis shows that it as a good source of proteins and minerals like sulphate (5.1 mg/g), magnesium (0.1371 mg/g), calcium (0.4363 mg/g), phosphorous (0.34 mg/g), nitrate (1.35 mg/g), Iron (0.01878 mg/g) and potassium (0.5035 mg/g). This study demonstrates that P. cineraria leaves can be used as nutraceutical food with rich nutrition, disease prevention and health promoting effects.This research was carried out as an awareness of nutrition value of ghaf plant as nutraceutical. We need to spread awareness on the importance of Ghaf tree and the role they played in the functioning of a healthy ecosystem and thereby protecting the species from extinction.