Nutritional and Nutraceutical Advantages of Small Millets and Their Role in Prevention of Life Style Disorders

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  • Grain Science and Technology Department and Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) CSIR-CFTRI, Mysore - 570 020 ,IN
  • Food Safety and Analytical Quality Control Laboratory, Grain Science and Technology Department, Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) CSIR-CFTRI, Mysore - 570 020 ,IN
  • Traditional Foods and Applied Nutrition Department, Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) CSIR-CFTRI, Mysore - 570 020 ,IN



Small millets, nutrients, nutraceuticals, bioactivity, life style disorders.


Millets in general and the small millets in particular, consumed in whole form with its botanical parts such as endosperm, bran and germ, are rich in nutrients and phyto-nutrients. Important cultivated small millets are finger millet, little millet, kodo millet, foxtail millet, barnyard millet and proso millet. Each millet is unique in their content of nutrients and phyto-components with health beneficial effects or nutraceuticals. Bioactive components in the millet include- phenolic acids, flavonoids, phytosterols, tocopherols, carotenoids, small peptides, dietary fibre, etc. These components as well as small millet fractions can influence the biochemical and molecular pathways in metabolic syndrome and play key role in prevention of life style disorders.


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K. P., C., A., J., & Singh, S. A. (2023). Nutritional and Nutraceutical Advantages of Small Millets and Their Role in Prevention of Life Style Disorders. The Indian Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics, 60(S4), 8–21.



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