Assessing Digestibility of Hadza Tubers Using a Dynamic In-Vitro Model

Stephanice Schnorr
Alyssa N. Crittenden, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Bioaccessibility is a useful measure for assessing the biological value of a particular nutrient from food, especially foods such as tubers. The wild tubers exploited by Hadza foragers in Tanzania are of interest because they are nontoxic, consumed raw or briefly roasted, and entail substantial physical barriers to consumers. In this study, we attempted to elucidate the biological value of Hadza tubers by measuring the absorption of glucose through in-vitro digestion.