Evaluation of Copper, Iron and Lead level in Some Selected Vegetables in Three Abuja main Market
Keywords:Estimation, Copper, Iron, Lead, Vegetables, Abuja
The level of Copper, Iron and Lead contents in six selected Vegetables in Abuja Markets were determined using Atomic Absorption Spectrometry. The vegetables include; Ductus carrotus, Citrullus lanatus, Ipomea batatas, Alium sepa, Gingiber officinalis. and Detariium microcapum. The results revealed that average concentrations ofÂ Cu, Fe, Pb detected were ranged from 24- 28Âµg/g, 320 - 2140Âµg/g, 20 - 100Âµg/gÂ for Utako market, 18 - 34Âµg/g, 260- 720Âµg/g, 20Âµg/gÂ for Wuse Market, 26 - 34Âµg/g, 260 - 1940Âµg/g, 20 - 100Âµg/gÂ for Garki market respectively. The concentrations levels of the metals were compared with those reported for similar vegetables from some other parts of the world.Â The intakes of Cu, Fe and Pb through vegetables was also estimated and were found to be below the recommended tolerance levels proposed by Joint FAO/WHO Expert committee on Food Additives, 1999. The Cu, Fe and Pb contents obtained showed that vegetables from these markets could serve as good dietry supplement since the levels are within safety baseline contents for human consumption.
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