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Direct Research Journals
Vol.4 (7), pp. 161-168, July 2016
ISSN: 2354-4147

Effects of Instant Noodles Formulated Diet on Weanling Albino Rats
Article Number: DRJA70190217

Original Research Article

Zailani*, H. A., Umaru, H. A. and Samuel, G.

Department of Biochemistry, Modibbo Adama University of Technology,Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria.

*Corresponding author

date Received: June 3, 2016     date Accepted: June 13, 2016     date Published: June 18, 2016


Instant noodles are dried pre-cooked noodles sold with packets of seasoning powder. Noodles are used as a weaning food in high and medium income earning families in Nigeria. A twenty eight-day feeding trial was carried out to evaluate the effect of instant noodles on weanling albino rats fed at 0, 30, 50, 70 and 100% mixed with pellets. Twenty-five weanling albino rats were randomly divided into five (5) groups; the test groups consist of 5 rats each. Mean feed intake, mean body weight change, effect on organ-body weight ratio, feed conversion ratio, protein intake and protein efficiency ratio were calculated. The effects of the noodles on concentrations of triacylglycerols, high density lipoproteins, low density lipoproteins, total cholesterol, bilirubin, albumin, total protein, creatinine, urea, packed cell volume and haemoglobin were evaluated as well as the activities of alanine and aspartate transaminases and alkaline phosphatase. All figures in this study were significantly decreased (p<0.05) with increase in the percent of instant noodles in diet but there was a significant increase (p<0.05) in organ weight (kidney and liver). The results of this study have shown that instant noodles do not promote growth because it has low protein and high carbohydrate content.

Key words: Instant noodles, feeding trial, weanling albino rats, nutritional status.



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