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Spirulina Groundnut Chikki to boost immunity


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Spirulina Groundnut Chikki

Mains level: NA

The Mysuru-based Central Food Technological Research Institute, CFTRI has developed Spirulina groundnut Chikki that can provide micro-nutrients and boost the immunity of people during this time of the pandemic.

Beware, the Chikki so mentioned has no GI tag. What makes it significant is the Spirulina, a photosynthetic bacteria, which is suitable for human consumption.

Spirulina Groundnut Chikki

  • It is a snack that provides good micro-nutrients.
  • It has used Spirulina as well as the tasty, nourishing groundnuts to prepare Chikki that is rich in micro-nutrients such as Vitamin A, Beta Carotene and easily digestible algal proteins.
  • Other nutritious snacks of CFTRI such as Nutri mango fruit bar and cardamom flavoured water is also part of the food items supplied to the migrant labourers.
  • The mango bar is rich with carbohydrates, carotene, Vitamin C and Zinc to improve the immunity.
  • Cardamom flavoured water with traditional herbs to have immune booster qualities.

What is Spirulina?

  • Spirulina is an organism that grows in both fresh and saltwater.
  • It is a type of cyanobacteria, which is a family of single-celled microbes that are often referred to as blue-green algae.
  • It is used as a dietary supplement or whole food. It is also used as a feed supplement in the aquaculture, aquarium, and poultry industries.
  • Just like plants, cyanobacteria can produce energy from sunlight via a process called photosynthesis.

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