Nutritional and chemical profiling of UK-grown potato bean (Apios americana Medik) reveal its potential for diet biodiversification and revalorisation

Madalina Neacsu*, Nicholas Vaughan, Valentina Perri, Gary Duncan, RL Walker, Max Coleman, Wendy Russell

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Abstract

Apios americana Medik, a native American plant has potential as a commercially viable Northern European-grown rootcrop, mainly due to its resistance to extreme climate and nutritional quality. Analysis of A. americana sourced from two UK sites; South (51.4690° N, 1.1150° W) and North (55.9661° N, 3.2063° W) showed that the tubers were a complete source of amino acids (UPLC-TUV analysis), were rich in protein (15.0±0.0160 and 17.3±0.0779%; Vario Max CN analysis), fibre (total non-starch polysaccharides, 10.4±0.570 and 10.6±0.280%; GC analysis) and micronutrients (calcium, manganese, iron, zinc, molybdenum, potassium and phosphorus; ICP-MS analysis). Apios americana tubers were also rich in bioactive phytochemicals. From the 156 plant metabolites measured using LC-MS/MS analysis, genistein was the major phytophenol in both the Southern- and Northern UK tubers (259±12.2 mg Kg-1 and 356±29.9 mg Kg-1 respectively); the peel having similar phytochemical profiles. The protein and fibre content of the leaves (17.3±0.0434% and 11.7±0.0445%) and rhizomes (18.4±0.0152% and 13.5±0.590%) were significantly higher (p<0.05) than the tubers. The leaves were also a good source of anthocyanins; delphinidin and cyanidin (840±137 and 3934±176 mg Kg-1respectively). Cultivation of A. americana as a high-protein staple-crop has enormous potential in Northern European countries for human nutrition, diet diversification, and use in livestock diets.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103821
JournalJournal of Food Composition and Analysis
Volume98
Early online date27 Jan 2021
DOIs
Publication statusFirst published - 27 Jan 2021

Keywords

  • Apios americana
  • Protein
  • Fibre
  • Peel
  • Tuber
  • Rhizomes
  • Leaves
  • Anthocyanins
  • Phytochemicals
  • Bioctive
  • Dietary

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