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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 1-9

Develop and standardize pearl millet based supplementary food premix and the products and find out impact of feeding on thenutritional status of young children

1 SRF, National Research Centre on Seed Spices, Ajmer, Rajasthan, India
2 Professor, Department of Food and Nutrition, College of Home Science, SKRAU, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India
3 Dietician Jerusalem, Israel
4 Ph.D Scholar

Correspondence Address:
Neha Shekhawat
SRF, National Research Centre on Seed Spices, Ajmer, Rajasthan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

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The present investigation was performed to explore the potentialities of pearl millet by developing pearl millet based supplementary foodpremix and its impact on the nutritional status of young children studying in government primary school of Bikaner city. The mean weight, height and hemoglobin status of subjects was noted to be only 15.67 kg, 44.66 and 7.5 respectively indicating wide prevalence of malnutrition among them. Clinical 95% of the subjects showed different signs of malnutrition investigation brings out the fact that 95% of the subjects showed the different signs of malnutrition. The processed pearl millet flour and moth bean flour was used to develop a supplementary food premix for young children in the ratio of 5:1 along with other ingredients. The premix was provided one third of daily nutrient requirement of young children (4-6 years). During an intervention programme fifty subjects comprising of control (n = 25) and experiment l (25) pearl millet-based biscuits were fed to the experimental group for 75 days. In comparison to the control group, the experimental subjects showed the mean increment of 1.20 g/dl hemoglobin, 1.16 kg of weight at the end of the programme along with improvement in clinical signs of subjects.

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