Journal of
Cereals and Oilseeds

  • Abbreviation: J. Cereals Oilseeds
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6591
  • DOI: 10.5897/JCO
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 84

Review

The importance of cereals (Poaceae: Gramineae) nutrition in human health: A review

Muhammad Haroon Sarwar
  • Muhammad Haroon Sarwar
  • Faculty of Medicine and Allied Medical Sciences, Isra University, Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan.
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Muhammad Farhan Sarwar
  • Muhammad Farhan Sarwar
  • Government College Samanabad, Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan.
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Muhammad Sarwar
  • Muhammad Sarwar
  • Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, Nuclear Institute of Agriculture, Tandojam-70060, Sindh, Pakistan.
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Niaz Ahmad Qadri
  • Niaz Ahmad Qadri
  • Hameeda Medicare, Ghulam Muhammadabad, Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan.
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Safia Moghal
  • Safia Moghal
  • Hameeda Medicare, Ghulam Muhammadabad, Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan.
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  •  Accepted: 16 May 2013
  •  Published: 30 June 2013

Abstract

This article presents some of the latest research endeavors that aim to improve our understanding of how the various grain components can be manipulated to improve contributions of cereals to human health. The health benefits of wholegrain cereal products are now widely recognized and considered due to the presence of a wide range of bio-active components. Cereals in their natural form (as whole grain) are rich source of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats, oils, and protein. Also, such cereals are chosen for consumption and they have the higher fiber which is an important nutrient that helps to prevent weight gain and heart disease. For best results, fruits, vegetables and whole grains may be eaten every day to provide extra nutrition and fiber. The meal can be made healthier by eating high-fiber whole-grain cereals that has low sugar. However, eating a variety of cereals rather than just feeding on one item is more helpful to health.

 

Key words: Cereal, grain, human, health, diet, Pakistan.