Volume 3 Issue 2

Opinion: An Amazing Nutritional Value in Wonderful Finger Millet Makes This "The Most Lovable Food Crop" to the World

Subramani Pandian, Chandran Sivasankar, Pandiyan Muthuramalingam and Manikandan Ramesh*

In this "Bullet train" life of human beings, people not at all taking care about the health, that modern life leads to deep rooted food insecurity and malnutrition resulting lots of new diseases and health problems, so the millet is the best option to overcome it. Millets are the minor cereal and small seeded grass family crops (Poaceae). These millets have higher nutritional values compared to rice and wheat. More than twenty mineral elements needed for healthy body function of humans and the finger millet supply them unconditionally. Protein (6-8%) and fat (1-2%) content of finger millet is comparable to rice and the mineral and micronutrient contents are higher than rice and wheat. It is a major source of dietary carbohydrates for more than half of the world population and it also contains several important amino acids, including isoleucine, leucine, methionine and phenyl alanine which are deficient in other starchy meals. Finger millet has three times more Ca than milk and 10-fold higher Ca than brown rice, wheat and maize. Flours of this finger millet used for the preparation of roti, bread, noodles, biscuits, porridge and other snacks. It is a staple food alternative for celiac patients because it has gluten-free properties.

Cite this Article: Pandian S, Sivasankar C, Muthuramalingam P, Ramesh M. An Amazing Nutritional Value in Wonderful Finger Millet Makes This "The Most Lovable Food Crop" to the World. Sci J Food Sc Nutr. 2017; 3(1): 034-036.

Published: 24 October 2017

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