An evaluation of germinating beans as a source of vitamin C in refugee foods

C H Riddoch, C F Mills, G G Duthie

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Objective: To assess whether germinating pulses and beans are a potential source of vitamin C in rations for refugee communities with poor vitamin C status.

Design: High pressure liquid chromatographic assessment of vitamin C content of a range of legumes following germination in light and dark and after cooking.

Results: Many species of pulses produced significant quantities of vitamin C up to five days following germination in both light and dark although cooking caused a marked loss of ascorbate.

Conclusion: Germination of approximately half of the seeds of the pulse constituents of many basic rations would be likely to generate, within a 3-5 d germination period, sufficient ascorbate to provide the 10 mg needed to protect adults against the development of scurvy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-118
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1998


  • vitamin C
  • scurvy
  • refugee rations
  • germinating beans
  • high pressure liquid chromatography
  • quality
  • cooking
  • seeds
  • acid


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