Banana grit developed by NIIST scientists

Healthy food products with banana grit

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The Hindu has reported that scientists at CSIR – National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST), located in Pappanamcode in Kerala, have developed banana grit from raw Nendran bananas. The granules can be employed to cook a wide variety of dishes and form an essential ingredient of a healthy and well-balanced diet, including potassium.

The banana grit has been especially valuable in improving gut health, which is considered paramount in maintaining the overall health and well-being of an individual. The Kerala food scientists developed banana grit and banana powder after years of research on the Nendran banana.

The product can whip up many dishes, including banana porridge, upma, cakes, and different bread varieties. The powder can be mixed with milk or coconut milk and used as a health supplement. This development has come as a ray of hope for farmers struggling with a decline in prices. Kochi-based food processing enterprise Moza Organic has received access to the secret recipe for extraction and is developing consumer food products. The company says it’s likely to bring this ingenious product and food supplement to the market very soon.

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