Fraction I Protein and Other Products from Tobacco for Food
Depending on the point of view, the tobacco plant is either extolled for the solace it brings to those who smoke and/or for the secure economic rewards from its cultivation and manufacture, or branded a weed of unmitigated evil for its effect on health. The latter view now seems to be the more popular. However, there is another possibility. Tobacco plants can be used as a source of high-grade protein for human consumption. The exploitation of this possibility could turn tobacco into an agricultural commodity of undeniable value. Since the idea of using leaf protein is not new, the purpose of this paper is to present reasons for thinking that tobacco plants could be a superior source of supplemental protein in the human diet compared with leaf proteins from other plants.
KeywordsTobacco Plant Amino Acid Composition Tobacco Leave Filter Cake Specific Enzymatic Activity
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