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Banana Grit

  • 04 Jan 2021
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Recently, scientists at the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST) at Pappanamcode in Kerala have come up with a new product, Banana Grit or Granules, developed from raw Nendran bananas.

  • CSIR is the largest research and development (R&D) organisation in India.

Key Points

  • About Banana Grit:
    • Banana Grit and its byproduct can improve gut health and is an ideal ingredient in a healthy diet. The concept was introduced to utilise the presence of resistant starch in bananas.
      • Starch is a white, granular, organic chemical that is produced by all green plants. It is a soft, white, tasteless powder that is insoluble in cold water, alcohol, or other solvents.
      • In humans and other animals, starch from plants is broken down into its constituent sugar molecules, which then supply energy to the tissues.
  • Significance:
    • By diversifying the products sourced from Banana, farmers can fetch better prices for their harvest.
    • It will help in maintaining health and well-being.
  • Nendran bananas:
    • Chengazhikodan Nendran Banana, also known as Chengazhikode Banana, is among the most popular traditional fruits cultivated in Thrissur district, Kerala.
    • This variety of Nendran Banana is famed for its characteristic taste, bunch shape and fruit colour.
    • The crop is mainly cultivated in organic mode and the crop duration is 13-14 months.
    • The Chengalikodan Nendran banana grown in Kerala got Geographical indication (GI) Tag in 2014.
      • GI refers to any indication that identifies the goods as originating from a particular place, where a given quality, reputation or other characteristic of the goods is essentially attributable to its geographical origin.


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