Designer Ragi Based Food Products for Elderly


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  • The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Department of Foods and Nutrition, Faculty of Family and Community Sciences, Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Abstract

Ragi is rich in protein, fat, fiber, calcium, and iron. It has a hypoglycemic effect and antinutritional factors that help in reducing starch digestibility and absorption. Ragi based food products like ragi laddu, biscuits, thepla, thor, halvasan, mohanthal, choco balls were developed and evaluated as per the hedonic test score card for its sensory qualities and acceptability by consumer and semi-trained panel members of Vadodara. The developed products were found to be most acceptable without any digestive problems among the elderly consumer panel, with an average hedonic score of 7.6/9 which fulfilled almost one-third requirements of Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) for energy, protein, calcium, iron, and fiber for elderly. Ragi based products were found soft, easy to chew, digest, and very much liked and accepted. Thus this paper depicts the potential of ragi based products for elderly palate with poor nutritional status in different living arrangements.

Keywords

Food Product, Ragi, Hedonic Test Score Card

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