Millets…small in size but Definitely not small in nutrition.
Validated by renowned nutritionists and confirmed by our own Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi at the inauguration of World Food India 2017, underlining their resilience to adverse climate conditions, and their potential to ensure increased incomes for resource-poor farmers.
I agree that over the last century, our eating habits have changed dramatically, with our diets becoming almost unrecognizable to those of our grandparents and great-grandparents. The way we shop, cook and dine has been altered by our attitudes towards food. Around 1960-1970 millets were considered as Poor man’s food. So, it slowly got vanished, from our healthy meals and we started to eat low nutritional polished, junk and attractive foods. Rice and wheat replaced millets.
Today, anything which is new and foreign was welcomed with confidence whereas the old tried and tested habits were belittled. In the last four or five decades, we have replaced everything good and familiar with the unknown. We have ignored healthy practices that have been handed down for generations, with no regard for the consequences. Soon our staple food was reduced to mere bird feed and ridiculed exposing our current generation to what is known as a lifestyle disease. 50 years back cancer, blood pressure, and cardiac arrests were unheard of, today these diseases have consumed the majority of urban population leaving their families orphaned.
Millets are a group of gluten-free cereal grains that are highly nutritious and commonly contain higher protein, minerals, vitamins, and fiber levels, compared to corn, rice, and wheat. Millets can be grown with little water compared to most other grains and are very well suited to drought-like conditions. They form grains in 90-110 days and are often cultivated on skeletal soils. Millet production is traditionally not dependent on the use of synthetic fertilizers and a majority of them are not affected by storage pests. Additionally, great natural biodiversity exists in millets, hence making them amenable to cultivation in various agro-climatic conditions and chemical-free mostly,
Despite being neglected millets survived, thanks to the cultural associations and festivals, which played a vital role in preserving them. Over the years food enthusiasts and the propaganda by our media, bloggers, political fraternity and our health enthusiasts, The neglected ancient grain cereals which are re-introduced as 21st century as a Smart and Healthy food. with all those cooking conveniences second to none.
While there is no denying that change is inevitable, it should be remembered that change should always be progressive. Anything that drives us into the dark, depressive world of diseases certainly not progresses.
Say Yes to Millets, Say Yes to long n Healthy Life.