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The nutritive value of wild Mexican legumes with a potential for nutritional use

  • A. Sotelo

Abstract

Several thousands of years ago, humans focused attention on legumes and cereals because of their great importance in satisfying human dietary needs. The family Leguminosae has a great number of species only surpassed by the Compositae and Orchidaceae families; in fact there are 560–690 genera and 12 000–17 000 species recognized worldwide (Heywood, 1971). Furthermore, it is very important from an economic point of view, not only because of the great variety of uses (e.g. as food, drugs used in medicine, dyes, etc.) but also because of its botanical importance in fixing nitrogen (in symbiosis with Rhizobium).

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Legume Seed High Fibre Content Leucaena Leucocephala Cyanogenic Glucoside True Protein 
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