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New Protein Study Reveals Power of Millet-Legume Blends for Enhancing Human Health 

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Contributed by

B.Muralidhar

Topics

Nutrition

Crops

Dryland cereals, Pearl millets, Small millets, Sorghum, Grain legumes, Finger millet

Systems

Farming Systems, Livelihood Systems

Locations

Asia, Eastern and Southern Africa, West and Central Africa

Global Date

01/May/2020

Title

New Protein Study Reveals Power of Millet-Legume Blends for Enhancing Human Health

Keywords

Food Security, Food Tank, Innovation for Sustainability, Nutrition, Public Health, Legume, Millet, Protein, Smart Food Initiative

Language

English

Author/Key contact

Dr S Anitha

Story Source

ICRISAT Happenings 1852-2, 01 May 2020

Type

Science

URL/Link

https://www.icrisat.org/new-protein-study-reveals-power-of-millet-legume-blends-for-enhancing-human-health/

Description

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.

Date (Date published/released/created if known)

01/May/2020

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