Effect of Breadfruit Based Complementary Food on Weight and Haematological Parameters in Albino Rats.

Adepeju, A. B., Gbadamosi S.O., Omobuwajo, T.O., Abiodun O.A.


In this study, the effect of breadfruit based complementary food on weight and hematological parameters was investigated. In the study forty- five (45) albino rats (Wistar  strain) were randomly distributed  into metabolic cages (8 groups) of 5 rats each, they were adapted  to a diet containing 4% casein for a period of  five days. After the acclimatization period the animals were then  re-weighed and regrouped. The average weight per group was approximately the same. One group of five animals served as control for the experimental group and blood samples were collected. The 6 grouped animals were placed on the diets formulated for a period of 28 days; while a group of 5 animals were placed on a commercial complementary food. Water and food were supplied ad libitum. Blood samples were collected through cardiac puncture at 0, 14 and 28 days for hematological parameters analyses. The results showed that there is significant increases (p>0.05) in the level of the total WBC (White Blood Cell) count, platelet count and PCV (Packed Cell Volume)  when compared  with the control group. The results suggested that incessant consumption of the complementary food may be advisable.

Keywords: Breadfruit, Complimentary diet, Formulation, Hematological, Weight,

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