Finger Millet: Potential Millet for Food Security and power House of Nutrients

Thapliyal, V. and Singh, K. (2015) Finger Millet: Potential Millet for Food Security and power House of Nutrients. International Journal of Research in Agriculture and Forestry, 2 (2). pp. 22-33.

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The growing public awareness of nutrition and health care research substantiates the potential of photo chemicals such as polyphenols and dietary fibers on their health beneficial properties. Hence there is no need to identify newer sources of neutraceuticals and other natural and nutritional material with the desirable functional characteristics. Fingertail millet (Eleusine coracana), is known for several health benefits and some of the health benefits are attributed to its polyphenol and dietary fiber contents. It is a major staple food crop in India for people of low income groups. Nutritionally, it is importance is well recognized because for its high content of calcium (0.38%), dietary fiber (18%) and phenolic compound (0.03%-3%). They are also recognized for their health beneficial effects, anti diabetic, anti tumerogenic, atherosclerogenic effects, antioxidants and anti microbial properties. The millets are source of antioxidants, such as dietary fibres (soluble and insoluble), phenolic acids and glycated flavonoids. Millet foods are characterized to be potential prebiotic and can enhance the viability or functionality of probiotics with significant health benefits. Hence the review deals with the nutrient composition, nature of polyphenols and dietary fibers of finger millet, consumption, processing, and their role with respect to the health benefits associated with millets.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Health and Nutrition
Author Affiliation: Amity Institute of Food Technology, Amity University, Noida, Sector-125
Subjects: Postharvest Management > Food Technology
Divisions: Millet
Depositing User: Mr B Krishnamurthy
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2015 08:55
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2015 08:55

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