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Development of banana-based weaning food mixes for infants and its nutritional quality evaluation

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Banana-based weaning food mixes were developed from the Nendran variety to study the nutritional quality of the mixes and feasibility of marketing on a commercial scale. Chemical composition viz., moisture, acid, pH, reducing and total sugars, protein and β-carotene of the developed banana-based weaning mixes were analysed. The trypsin inhibitor activity reduced during cooking, and the flatus compound could not be measured due to its very meagre gas production. The α-amylase activity and in vitro protein and carbohydrate digestibilities were also analysed. A feeding trial of the developed mixes was conducted in infants as a supplement to study the nutritional quality of the developed banana-based weaning food mixes. Results showed an increase in all the anthropometric measurements during the feeding period, and the developed mixes can be prepared on a commercial scale to prevent malnutrition and undernutrition during the rapid growing period of infants.

Corresponding author: Dr. Pothiraj Chitra, Agricultural College and Research Institute, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Madurai – 625 104, Tamil Nadu, India, E-mail:


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Received: 2015-1-23
Accepted: 2015-2-19
Published Online: 2015-3-30
Published in Print: 2015-5-1

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