Protein Content in Cereals vs Pulses

Do you also add ragi, bajra (Pearl Millet), and maize to your diet to increase the protein? Well, let’s understand it better.

There are 2 different food groups namely cereal and pulses. The food items listed under these categories are differentiated on the basis of their macronutrient content. Macronutrients are protein, carbohydrates, and fats.

This implies that all the food items under the cereal category will have more or less the same amount of protein, carbohydrate, and fat. They can vary in their micronutrient content but when it’s about protein and carbohydrates they are almost the same. That is, their protein ranges from about 7-13g and carbohydrates from about 65-75g.

The same goes for the food items under the category of pulses. They are a better source of protein, all the food items that fall under the category of pulses from dals to beans have similar, amounts of protein ranging from 18-25g and carbs ranging from 45-55g.

I hope this helps you in making better decisions about your food.
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Hi there, I am Pragya Sharma, a dietitian by profession. I am on a mission to help people live a healthy and happy life. I have done my PG Diploma and Bachelor’s in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Delhi. I am a life member of organisations like the Indian Dietetics Association and the Nutrition Society of India.