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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2016.5(7): 224-233
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2016.507.023


Nutrient and Antioxidant Evaluation of Four Underutilized Minor Millets
K.Chandra Prabha1,2* and S. Selvi3
1Research and Development Centre, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore-46,TN, India
2Navarasam Arts & Science college, Arachalur, Erode (DT)-638101, TN, India
3Department of Biochemistry, Bharathidasan college of Arts & Science, Ellispettai, 
Erode (DT) -638116, TN, India
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

The antioxidants of cereals are usually not given importance as vegetables and fruits. Though its health benefits are known from the olden days they are not given importance in the area of Research. The importance of cereals as sources of antioxidants is often undervalued because of the relatively low content of antioxidants, but the consumption of cereals is high. In the present research work, the less explored, underutilized, nutrient rich, commercially available minor millets  Foxtail millet (Setaria italica (L.) Beauv), Kodo millet (Paspalum scrobiculatum L.), Little millet (Panicum sumatrense Roth ex Roem. and Schultz) and Barnyard millet (Echinocloa frumentacea (Roxb.) Link) were analysed for their phytochemical constituents and antioxidant activity. The aqueous extract of the five samples were subjected to proximate, qualitative and quantitative phytochemical and antioxidant activity analysis. It was found that the chosen minor millets are rich in crude fibre and protein. It was also found that all the four grains are found to contain Phytochemicals like phenolic compounds, steroids, tannins, Flavanoids, and many. They are found to be rich in calcium, iron and phosphorous. The grains also showed increasing antioxidant activity with increasing concentrations. Thus the revealed nutritional property and antioxidant activity of the four selected underutilized minor millets may benefit the people to make them overcome or survive from various chronic diseases like diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases, etc.


Keywords: Barnyard millet, Little millet, Foxtail millet, Kodo millet,  Minor millets, Phytochemicals, Antioxidants.
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Chandra Prabha, K., and Selvi, S. 2016. Nutrient and Antioxidant Evaluation of Four Underutilized Minor MilletsInt.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 5(7): 224-233. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2016.507.023