Millets or simply call them Superfoods for their amazing health benefits!
Unlike quinoa & oats, millets are not a contemporary trend. They have always been available for human consumption, but they gradually faded away in our country with the introduction of world cuisines, which quickly acquired popularity.
They are very high in terms of their nutritional content. For example, a 100g serving of raw millet provides appx. 378 kilocalories of food energy and is a rich source of protein, dietary fiber, several B vitamins and dietary minerals such as iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc and gluten-free. Apart from being gluten-free, they can enhance your health and promote weight loss.
People all across the world have begun to replace their rice/wheat-based meals with healthier alternatives such as millets. India, which is home to a variety of millets, has seen a new fad of millets users who are reaping numerous benefits from converting to them.!
Different kinds of millets:
- Jowar (Sorghum) - is one of the most popular grains consumed in India. It is a rich source of iron, protein and fibre and, can help in lowering cholesterol levels. People with wheat allergies can have Jowar as a healthier alternative. It also helps in increasing metabolism.
- Ragi (Finger millet) - is mostly used as a healthier cereal substitution for rice and wheat. It is the best natural source of calcium which is important for development in growing children. The low GI in ragi helps to maintain blood sugar levels. The presence of antioxidants in Rag helps in combating stress and depression.
- Kora/Kodo (foxtail millet) - is the second-most widely planted species of millet and the most important in East Asia. It has the longest history of cultivation among the millets, having been grown in India. It is packed with good quality fiber which improves digestion, manages obesity, regulate blood sugar levels and curb the risk of high blood pressure and strokes. It is rich in protein, and minerals like iron and copper which improves the circulation of blood in the body.
- Bajra (pearl millet) - India is the largest producer of Bajra in the world. It is incredibly nutrient-dense. Bajra contains phytic acid, tannins and phenols, all antioxidants which detox the body and help in preventing ageing. It is a better source of healthy omega-3 fats as compared to other grains. Omega-3 is associated with lowering BP, triglycerides and known to be cardio protective
- Chenna/Barri (Buckwheat millet)
- Buckwheat, also known as Kuttu in India, is one of the most common types of Millet and is often used during the Navratri’s fasting time. It is diabetic-friendly and helps in reducing blood pressure. Buckwheat also protects against cancer of the breast, asthma in children, and gallstones.
Let's make the switch!Millets are whole grains packed with nutrients like vitamins, minerals, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and various antioxidants which are healthier options than any other grains available in the market. By incorporating it in all your diets/dishes where you normally would use rice or wheat, you are making a switch towards a healthier lifestyle for you and your entire family!