acta satech Journal of the Life & Physical Sciences Babcock

Studies on Albumin and Weight of Albino Rats Fed with Granola
O. A. Awoyinka & E. A. Umoren
Department of Basic and Applied Sciences, Babcock University, Ilishan Remo, Nigeria
Received September 3rd, 2003, revised version November 2nd, 2003, accepted February 4th, 2004

ABSTRACT
Granola is a breakfast cereal relished by the Seventh Day Adventist Church and vegetarians. Groups of rats were fed with granola for a period of 12 weeks. The effect of granola on the serum and kidney albumin was investigated in conjunction with assessment of the weight change. Results revealed that albumin level in serum of experimental and control rats were 4.47� 0.673g/dl and 4.6� 0.2g/dl, respectively Albumin level in kidney of experimental and control rats revealed values 1.44� 0.34g/dl and 2.51� 0.71g/dl, respectively while their weights were 92.16� 15.48g and 166.3� 19.13g, respectively. T-test at % (0.01) significance level, carried out on serum albumin showed no significant difference in both experimental and control rats, while the t-test on kidney albumin and weights of the experimental and control rats revealed that there was a significant difference in the values obtained from both groups. Results in kidney albumin level and weights show that prolonged intake of granola, without supplements of proteins and vitamins could pose a health risk of edema and impaired function of the kidneys.
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