Dryland cereals, Pearl millets, Small millets, Sorghum, Grain legumes, Finger millet
Farming Systems, Livelihood Systems
Asia, Eastern and Southern Africa, West and Central Africa
New Protein Study Reveals Power of Millet-Legume Blends for Enhancing Human Health
Food Security, Food Tank, Innovation for Sustainability, Nutrition, Public Health, Legume, Millet, Protein, Smart Food Initiative
Dr S Anitha
ICRISAT Happenings 1852-2, 01 May 2020
Two billion people around the world are suffering from protein and micronutrient deficiencies. The results of a new study by the ICRISAT may be able to significantly reduce those deficiencies, through a combination of millets and legumes that creates a highly digestible, complete protein that is packed with nutrients. Legumes are one of the most popular sources of protein, but they are missing one essential amino acid – methionine. Millet, a nutrient – packed crop, however, has that missing amino acid. Combined, the two create a powerful nutri-basket. With high levels of complete protein, high protein digestibility, and high levels of micronutrients, small and large food companies alike may use this combination to develop products that can significantly reduce malnutrition, the study reports.