2022, VOL. 8 ISSUE 3, PART D
Diabetes is an autoimmune chronic disease with steadily increasing prevalence. Managing diabetes with nutrition is the core of its management process. The main aim of the study was
to develop nutritious ‘Namkeen Crackers’ enriched with cereals and seeds as a healthy snack option for diabetic’s population. The objectives of the study were to standardize the therapeutic product, to conduct sensory evaluation to check the acceptability of the product, to evaluate the nutritional parameters of the product and to perform the microbial analysis to study the shelf life of the product.
Methodology: The study consisted of four phases including standardization of the product, followed by the sensory evaluation, next thenutritional parameters of the product were evaluated, and lastly microbial analysis of the product was performed.
Results: The ‘Namkeen Crackers’ were golden brown in colour with a crunchy texture and a delicious aroma. The panel approved the taste and texture of the crackers. The nutritional evaluation showed high dietary fibre and protein content which is beneficial for diabetics. The microbial analysis revealed that the product can be stored for up to 30 days in an airtight container.
Conclusion: Namkeen crackers werea nutritious snack alternative for diabetic individuals. The combination of cereals & seeds enriched the food with dietary fibre and protein, thereby reducing craving & promoting satiety. Additionally, these crackers besides being nutrient dense, were free of preservatives, additives, and artificial colour without compromising taste or texture.