Plant Foods for Human Nutrition

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 75–83 | Cite as

The nutritional quality and toxin content of wild and cultivated lima beans (Phaseolus lunatus)

  • Adolfo De La Vega
  • Angela Sotelo


Proximal analysis, amino acid profile, trypsin inhibitor content, hemagglutinin content and HCN generated from cyanogenic glucosides were determined in four wild and three cultivated varieties ofPhaseolus lunatus. All the wild beans showed a higher protein content than the cultivated beans, but no big differences were found in the other nutrients. The essential amino acid percentage was higher in the cultivated beans than in the wild seeds, which was reflected in the PER determination. The most remarkable difference found between wild and cultivated beans was the high concentration of HCN in all wild varieties. The high concentration of protein found in the wild seed could be a false result from the nitrogen provided by the cyanogenic glucosides.

Key words

lima beans nutritive value toxins leguminosae 


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© Martinus Nijhoff/Dr W. Junk Publishers 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Adolfo De La Vega
    • 1
  • Angela Sotelo
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de Tecnología: Campus II. Escuela Nacional de Estudios Profesionales-ZaragozaUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMexico
  2. 2.Departamento de Química Farmacéutica y Productos Naturales. División de Estudios de Posgrado. Facultad de QuímicaUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Ciudad UniversitariaMéxico 20, D.F.Mexico

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