Cereals form the staple food of the human race. In their natural form (as in whole grain), cereals are a rich source of carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals. Pulses are the dried seeds of the legume plants. ey are non perishables, i.e., they do not get spoilt easily if proper storage conditions are followed.
In this lesson, the students will be able to:
Ølearn about dierent cereals and millets available in the market.
Øknow the nutritive value of cereals and millets available in the market.
Øunderstand the importance of using a combination of cereals in the diet.
Øunderstand the nutritional importance of pulses and legumes.
Øpromote and practice germination of pulses to enhance the nutrient content of the diet.
A cereal is any grass cultivated for the edible components of its grain (botanically, a type of fruit called a caryopsis), composed of the endosperm, germ and bran. e ease with which grains can be produced and stored together with the relatively low cost and nutritional contribution has resulted in widespread use of cereal foods. ey are the staple foods in the diets of most population groups. Millets are hardy plants capable of growing in areas where there is low rainfall and poor irrigation facilities.