Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Nutritional benefits of dry Moringa leaves - tested!

A few weeks back, I had posted a blog regarding the nutritional benefits of Moringa. In case you missed it, you can find it here.
A fairly exhaustive research was done but we found that the data present online was repetitious. In some cases, it was blatantly copied from one or two sources. Unsatisfied, we decided to get Moringa leaves from our farm tested. A couple of samples were taken and tested at National Agro Foundation, Chennai.

Following were the nutritional content of the samples :

Ingredients
Gross Content
Moisture (%)
9.2 - 9.67
Ash  (%)
6.98 - 7.46
Protein % (N*6.25)
12.48 - 12.59
Phosphorous (mg/100g)
592- 602
Sodium (mg/100g)
110 – 197
Potassium (mg/100g)
1194 - 1220
Calcium (mg/100g)
1136 - 1292
Iron (mg/100g)
27 - 36
Magnesium (mg/100g)
363 - 386
Beta Carotene (Vitamain A) (mg/100g)
0.6 - 3.05
 

Following is the daily value requirement for an average adult with an intake of 2000 calories :
 
Requirement
Amount
Phosphorous (mg/100g)
1000
Sodium (mg/100g)
2400
Potassium (mg/100g)
3500
Calcium (mg/100g)
1000
Iron (mg/100g)
18
Magnesium (mg/100g)
400

Unfortunately, the lab did not have the facility to test other Vitamins, however, it was great to see the results of major minerals.

Based on the results obtained from the samples, 100 g of Moringa leaves have the following % of daily value intake -

Ingredient
Amount Satisfied (%)
Phosphorous (mg/100g)
50
Sodium (mg/100g)
6
Potassium (mg/100g)
35
Calcium (mg/100g)
120
Iron (mg/100g)
172
Magnesium (mg/100g)
94
 

I guess the next question is, how do you incorporate Moringa into your diet? Moringa leaves can be consumed fresh, just like any other green. Dry leaf powder can be consumed with water or sprinkled over other veggies, lentils and soups. If you really want to get adventurous with Moringa leaves, this may help!

5 comments:

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  2. Hi, I assume you are cultivating moringa. Can you share your yield in terms of per tree and from when it started yielding drumsticks?
    Best wishes,
    Rajan

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    1. Yield started in about 6-7 months. During monsoons, the yield decreases. I hope to see about 60-70 kg per tree next year.

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    2. What your marketing arrangemnt? Do you sell at farm gate or take to wholesle/retial market?

      Rajn

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    3. Currently, selling at farm gate..

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