Quality evaluation of millet based composite sports bar
Sports bar are considered to be the ideal and comfortable snack for athletes with proper combination of natural ingredients and easy to eat to meet their energy requirements between meals. The present study was undertaken to develop sports bar based on millets and to evaluate the acceptability, nutrient composition, shelf life and economic feasibility of millet based composite sports bar. Composite sports bar was prepared from five different trials and evaluated for higher acceptability. The highly accepted CSB developed from trial IV composition contained 6.33% moisture, 72.5g carbohydrate, 13.7g protein and 6.1g fat. The total ash content of the bar was 2.29g/100g. The calcium and iron content on analysis were found to be 159.5mg and 2.93mg respectively. The developed CSB provided 400 kcal of energy per 100g, which qualified the product as a good energy dense snack for the sportspersons. A gradual depletion in the overall acceptability scores from 38.3 to 13.1 was noticed at the end of 90 days. The microbial load of CSB was found to be below detectable limits during storage. The unit cost of preparation of the CSB was Rs.14.80 per 40g. It is evident that the developed millet based composite sports bar is a nutridense snack, easy to prepare, affordable and far more cost effective than the commercial sports bar.