Proximate composition of the three green seaweeds viz., Chaetomorpha aerea, Enteromorpha intestinalis, Enteromorpha compressa one brown seaweed Dictyota dichotoma and one red seaweed Gracilaria corticata was investigated by determination of protein, carbohydrates, lipid, moisture and ash content. In the present study, the total protein was recarded upper most in E.intestinalis and bare minimum in E.compressa. The maximum carbohydrates recorded in C. aerea and minimum in G. corticata. The lipid content was acquired upper limit in E. compressa and least in C. aerea. The ash and moisture content in following of 5 different seaweeds are as follows: 7.45mg/g, 3.91mg/g were recorded in the C.aerea, 8.52mg/g, 3.42mg/g in the E.intestinalis, 8.58mg/g, 3.75mg/g in the E.compressa, 9.47mg/g, 4.23mg/g in the D.dichotoma and 6.95mg/g, 3.98mg/g in G.corticata. The proximate composition of 5 different seaweed species exhibited high nutritional value for human consumption.
International Letters of Natural Sciences (Volume 45)
S. Gokulakrishnan et al., "Proximate Composition of Bio Potential Seaweeds from Mandapam South East Coast of India", International Letters of Natural Sciences, Vol. 45, pp. 49-55, 2015