Pseudocereals: An Efficient Food Supplement

  • Saubhik Das


Pseudocereals are defined as fruits or seeds of non-grass species that are consumed in very similar way as cereals having nutritive value very much competitive to conventional crop, in most cases even better. India is one of the versatile centers of diversity of cultivated plants gifted with enormous landrace diversity. Wild relatives and progenitors of cultivated plants are of particular importance. About 326 such plants have been identified in India. Nearly 1000 wild plant species which are edible have been widely exploited by native tribals. All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) has identified few plants in India which are to be considered for utilization specially the pseudocereals (amaranths, Quinoa and Buckwheat). As far as protein content and protein qualities are concerned, the pseudocereals are much better than the cereal species, lack enzyme inhibitors and allergens which are known to be present in cereals. Average protein score is either equal or much greater than rice, wheat, soybean maize. Net Protein Utilization (NPU) or Protein Efficiency Ratio (PER), Protein digestibility or bioavailability of protein in Pseudo-cereals is higher than cereals. Furthermore pseudocereals also contain dietary fiber in high proportion, which improves lipid metabolism.


Celiac Disease Protein Efficiency Ratio Chenopodium Quinoa Winged Bean Fagopyrum Esculentum 
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  • Saubhik Das
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  1. 1.Department of BotanyTaki Government CollegeTakiIndia

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