Research Papers/Topics in Home Science

Development of Products from Sorrel (Hibiscus Sabdariffa) and Evaluation of Their Nutrients, Phytochemicals, Antinutrients, Toxicants, Physico-Chemical, Sensory and Storage Properties

ABSTRACT The objectives of the study were to develop products from sorrel calyces, leaves and seeds, evaluate the products for nutrients, phytochemicals, antinutrients, food toxicant, physicochemical, microflora, sensory, storage properties and compare the products produced with existing products. Dry red sorrel calyces, leaves and seeds were used for the study. Pilot study was carried out to standardize recipe used for the formulation of the products. The products developed were jelly, cordi...

Mothers’ Knowledge, Practice of Exclusive Breast Feeding and Anthropometric Indices of Their Infants in Aba South Local Government Area, Abia State, Nigeria.

ABSTRACT This study assessed mothers’ knowledge, practice of exclusive breastfeeding and the anthropometric indices of their infants in Aba south local government area, Abia state, Nigeria. Five hundred (500) lactating mother-child pair randomly selected during their postnatal care visit in six out of seventeen health centers in the LGA participated in the study. Ethical clearance was obtained from the chief medical officer in the LGA and mothers’ consent was sought through the clinic hea...

Nutrients, Phytochemical Compositions of Hibiscus Cannabinus, Adansonia Digitata, Sesamum Indicum, Cassia Tora Leaves, Their Hypoglycemic Activity and Lipid Profile in Alloxan-Induced Diabeti

ABSTRACT The study investigated the nutrients and phytochemical compositions of some leafy vegetables in Nigeria (Hibiscus cannabinus, Adansonia digitata, Sesamum indicum and Cassia tora leaves) and the effects of their extracts on blood glucose and lipid profile of alloxan induced diabetic rats. Two kilogrammes of each of the vegetables were bought fresh, sorted by removing extraneous material, washed with deionized water and separately pulverized using Gallenkamp mixer Kenwood –MPR 201. A...

Assessment Of Diabetes Management Regimens And Effect Of Diabetes Educational Intervention Among Diabetics Attending Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi Anambra State, Nigeria.

ABSTRACT This study investigated diabetes management regimens and effect of diabetes educational intervention on diabetics attending Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital(NAUTH), Nnewi. A total of 146 diabetics were interviewed with structured questionnaire to obtain information on their lifestyles, diabetes management, diabetes knowledge and compliance to management regimens. Diabetes educational intervention materials were developed to educate the subjects on 3 crucial areas of diabe...

Identifying The Influence Of Male Household Heads On The Expected Outcomes Of Enam Project Community-Based Interventions

 Background More than a decade ago, UNICEF developed a conceptual framework for malnutrition in which inadequate food intake was identified as an immediate cause of child malnutrition (UNICEF, 1997). Inadequate food intake by children is often a consequence of suboptimal child feeding practices (Latham, 1997). Optimal child feeding practices is a function of household food supply (quantity and quality) and intra-household food allocation practices. In developing countries, gender is often a...

Assessment of ergonomic practices in garment production workshops in madina, accra and their impact on output.

ABSTRACT The purpose of the study was to assess the ergonomic practices of garment producers in Madina, Accra. A simple random sampling technique was used to select 100 registered members of the Madina Branch of the Tailors and Dressmakers Association. The results were hand-coded and presented using frequency and percentage distributions, pie and bar charts. The chi-square statistic was used to test the hypothesis. The respondents were aged between 19 and 44 years. Eighty-one per cent were f...

AN Evaluation And Nutrition Education Intervention For Improved Child Feeding And Care Behaviors of Rural Mothers in Eha-Amufu, Enugu State, Nigeria

ABSTRACT    This study evaluated the effectiveness of a nutrition education intervention for improved child feeding and caregiving behaviours of rural mothers of poor farm households of Enugu State, Nigeria, using a positive deviant approach. A cross-sectional quantitative and qualitative survey (using an experimental design) was conducted to identify positive deviant mother-child pairs and their uncommon feeding and care practices. A multistage sampling technique was used in the selection...

Assessment of The Feeding Practices, Vitamin A, Iron, Zinc And Anthropometrics Status of Under-Five Children in Orphanages of Federal Capital Territory Abuja.

ABSTRACT  The study was undertaken to assess the feeding practices, anthropometric indices, vitamin A, zinc and iron status of under-five orphans living in Federal Capital Territory orphanages, Abuja. A cross sectional descriptive study was conducted using 200 orphans (96 males and 104 females) aged between 0-5 years living in ten orphanages. The subjects were purposively selected for the study and 20% of sub-sample was randomly selected for biochemical analysis and weighed food intake asses...

Evaluation Of The Potential Of Adding Tiger Nut Milk And Soy Milk Into Cheese Making.

ABSTRACT The purpose of this study was to evaluate the potential of incorporating tiger nut milk and soy milk in cheese making. In all 16 different formulations were prepared from tiger nut milk, soy milk and cow milk. Texture analysis, colour evaluation and chemical analysis were carried out on all the 16 cheese samples. Two parameters were measured (firmness and fracturability). Protein, fat, moisture content and pH were determined with respect to the chemical analysis. For the colour evalu...

Evaluation Of The Potential Of Adding Tiger Nut Milk And Soy Milk Into Cheese Making

ABSTRACT The purpose of this study was to evaluate the potential of incorporating tiger nut milk and soy milk in cheese making. In all 16 different formulations were prepared from tiger nut milk, soy milk and cow milk. Texture analysis, colour evaluation and chemical analysis were carried out on all the 16 cheese samples. Two parameters were measured (firmness and fracturability). Protein, fat, moisture content and pH were determined with respect to the chemical analysis. For the colour evalu...

Lived Experiences Of Female Basic School Dropouts: A Social Capital Perspective

ABSTRACT The undesirable impact of female school dropout has attracted attention from governments, stakeholders, national as well as multinational institutions to look at the phenomenon from various perspectives. This study was conducted to gain insight into the causes of basic school dropout behaviour among females in the Narhman community, Accra, within a social capital framework. A cross sectional design with a qualitative approach was used to interview eighteen respondents using the face-...

Sensory And Physicochemical Evaluation Of ‘‘Burkina’’ Made With Composite (Cow And Tiger Nut) Milk

ABSTRACT “Burkina”, a popular fermented milk beverage containing fermented millet agglomerates, is consumed in West Africa. Consumer behaviour towards “Burkina”, perceptions on its safety and potential for causing food borne illness, affects the distribution and sales of the product. Tiger nut, an underutilized crop in West Africa, with a rich nutty taste and unique mouthfeel has been incorporated into formulations for fermented milk products such as yoghurt, but not “Burkina”. Th...

Apprenticeship System Of ’’Wayside" Seamstresses From Selected Neighbourhoods In Accra.

ABSTRACT The purpose of this study was to investigate the apprenticeship system of fifty seamstresses and fifty apprentices from Achimota, Legon and Madina neighbourhoods of Accra. A stratified sampling technique was used to select the respondents from these neighbourhoods. The respondents were interviewed by the researcher, using two separate structured questionnaires: One for the seamstresses and the other for the apprentices. A non-obtrusive observational guide was also used to evaluate te...

Quality And Knowledge of Best Practices in Early Childhood Programmes : Perceptions of Parents And Teachers

ABSTRACT Developmental and Educational psychologists continually set research-based quality standards in Early Childhood Education. However, not much is known on the level of quality and the practices in the early childhood centers in Ghana. This research explored the concepts of quality and best practices, internationally known as Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP), in four (4) early childhood settings in Haatso, a cosmopolitan suburb in the Ga-East District of Greater Accra, Ghana...

The Relationship Between Women's Economic Activities And The Adequacy Of Feeding Their Pre-School Children: The Case Of HO In The Volta Region

ABSTRACT The study examined the Relationship Between Women's Economic Activities and the Adequacy of Feeding their PreSchool children at Ho in the Volta Region. The main aim of this project was to find out the relationship between the length of time mothers spent away from home and feeding adequacy which was assessed by growth performance of the children. In all 70 working mothers with children aged 24 - 60 months were studied. A semi-structured questionnaire was used to collect demographic ...


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