GIST - Which of the following are called as Nutri-cereals?

Q.  Which of the following are called as Nutri-cereals?
- Published on 16 Nov 16

a. Millets
b. Cereals
c. Fruits
d. None of the above

ANSWER: Millets
  • Millets are rich sources of minerals like iron, calcium, zinc, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium.
  • These also contain appreciable amounts of dietary fibre and various vitamins (ß- Carotene, niacin, vitamin B6 and folic acid); high amounts of lecithin are useful for strengthening the nervous system.
  • Therefore, a regular consumption can help to overcome malnutrition among majority of our Indian population.
  • These have often been called the coarse grains; however, due to their nutritional contributions, these are now being referred as ‘nutria-millets/nutria-cereals’.
  • The Central government launched the Initiative for Nutritional Security through Intensive Millet Promotion (INSIMP) in 2011-12 to promote millets as “nutri-cereals”.

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