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Effect of fermentation on protein, fat, minerals and thiamine content of pearl millet

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Natural as well as single, mixed and sequential pure cutlure (S. diastaticus, S. cerevisiae, L. brevis andL. fermentum) fermentations of pearl millet flour for 72h lowered pH and raised titratable acidity. The fermentation either decreased or did not change the protein content of pearl millet flour. Natural fermentation increased whereas pure culture fermentation decreased the fat content. Ash content did not change. Natural fermentation at 20°C and 25°C increased whereas at 30°C it decreased the thiamine content of the pearl millet flour. Yeast fermentation raised the level of thiamine two- to three-fold, while lactobacilli fermentation lowered it significantly.

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Khetarpaul, N., Chauhan, B.M. Effect of fermentation on protein, fat, minerals and thiamine content of pearl millet. Plant Food Hum Nutr 39, 169–177 (1989). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01091897

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Key words

  • pearl millet
  • fermentation
  • protein
  • fat
  • thiamine