Abstract: Brachystegia eurycoma, Detarium microcarpum and Mucuna sloanei are commonly consumed in
Eastern and Southern Nigeria for their thickening and flavouring properties in soup. Chemical analyses reveals
they are rich sources of dietary protein, fat, fibre, energy and dietary elements. However, they are poor
bioaccumulator of ‘heavy’ metals and as such may not be suitable for bioremediation of ‘heavy’ metal pollution
as shown in their respective ‘heavy’ metal analysis. GCMS analyses of their respective soxhlet petroleum ether
extracts shows that they are rich in dietary significant nutrient such as gamma tocopherol, beta tocopherol and
linoleic acid and several secondary metabolites. An understanding of the nutrient composition of these legumes
is needful to guide toward informed nutritional decision making to enhance healthy nutrition.
Keywords: GCMS, AAS, Soup Thickeners, Heavy Metals, Dietary Elements.