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Sprouting Exert Significant Influence on the Antioxidant Activity in Selected Pulses (Black Gram, Cowpea, Desi Chickpea and Yellow Mustard)

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Pulses are a vital source of plant-based proteins and amino acids for people around the globe and should be eaten as part of a healthy diet to address obesity, as well as to prevent and help manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, coronary conditions and cancer; they are also an important source of plant-based protein for animals. Pulses provide protein and fibre, as well as a significant source of vitamins and minerals, such as iron, zinc, folate, and magnesium, and consuming half a cup of beans or peas per day can enhance diet quality by increasing intakes of these nutrients. The present attempt deals with comparison antioxidant activities of various sprouts of selected pulses. The β-carotene, ascorbic acid, total antioxidant activity, total phenol and flavonoid content of black gram (Vigna mungo), cowpea (Vigna unguiculata), desi chickpea (Cicer arietinum), and yellow mustard (Brassica alba) seeds and their sprouts (48 h) were determined. The parameters selected reflect the antioxidant capacity with respect to the dietary antioxidants (β-carotene, ascorbic acid) which were noted to be highest in chickpea sprouts and black gram sprouts respectively. The highest antioxidant activity in terms of % DPPH inhibition (49.837 ± 0.61 % ) and flavonoid content ( 211.06 ± 8.17 mg/100g ) was observed in cowpea sprouts. The highest total phenol content was noted in yellow mustard sprouts (58.45 ±6.67 mg/100g). Inclusion of pulses in the diet is a healthy way to meet dietary recommendations and is associated with reduced risk of several chronic diseases including cancer. Long-term randomized controlled trials are needed to demonstrate the direct effects of pulses on the cancer like diseases.
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