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5 Millets which are Excellent for you!

5 Millets which are Excellent for you!

There’s a lot of interest in ancient grains these days & the poster boy of this spike in interest is “Millets”. By now you must have already read or heard someone talking about ‘Millets’. But must have always wondered, what are Millets? Why is everybody talking about it? To answer your question, Millets are a group of small seed grasses grown mainly in semi-dry regions of Asia & Africa. They are the perfect substitute for the grains that we consume at present which are not so good for our Health. India has a long history of producing as well as consuming Millets all through its previous centuries.

Why Millets?

First of all, Millets are high in protein. Most of the types of Millets are rich in fiber which makes your stomach feel full. They are gluten-free & also a rich source of Vitamin E, B complex, thiamine, niacin, and riboflavin. Therefore they are aptly known as the Super food of India.

What are the types of Millets?

Millets come in various sizes and types, some of which are very popular in the Indian subcontinent namely –

Jowar (Sorghum)

Jowar is one of the most popular type of grain consumed in India. After wheat, the maximum amount of cultivated land in India is used for growing Jowar. It is grown in warm areas and is used in the form of food as well as fodder. Jowar is rich in calcium, iron, protein, and fiber compared to rice and wheat. Jowar is also found to help in reducing the levels of cholesterol. It is also gluten-free, therefore preferable for people who can’t consume wheat-based products.

Bajra (Pearl Millet)

Bajra is commonly used to make the flatbread bhakri. It is also boiled and used to make an Indian porridge called Kambam Choru. Bajra is a staple grain in many parts of India, used in a variety of dishes. It has much more iron content than rice. It is also a powerhouse of protein, fiber, and minerals such as magnesium and calcium. It is also known to ease digestive problems. After consuming Bajra, one feels light as it is super soft on our digestive system, therefore it doesn’t load the gut, all because it’s gluten-free.

Ragi (Finger Millet)

Ragi is the staple diet of the people in the south of India. In the North of the country, it is popularly known as “Nachni”. It is a healthy and a better replacement for rice and wheat. Nutrition wise, it is loaded with calcium, iron, and protein. It is also a healthy grain for diabetic patients because it has a low glycaemic index.

Kodra (Kodo Millet)

It resembles close to Rice, almost replaceable to it. It is a very hardy crop that is drought tolerant and can survive on marginal fertile soils where other crops may not survive and can supply 450–900 kg of grain per hectare. It has many Nutritional benefits, It is easily digestible and is rich in phytochemicals and Antioxidants. Studies show that consuming Kodo Millet reduces knee and joint pains.

Rala (Foxtail Millet)

It 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 since antiquity. According to recent research, it was first domesticated in China around 6,000 B.C. Rala is rich in complex carbohydrates. It is also rich in dietary fiber and minerals like copper and iron.

Voila! Now that you know the types of millets, try to incorporate them into your daily diet & watch the Healthy magic unfold. Mix up the ingredients of your cuisines by adding Millets & take the advantage of the numerous Health benefits of the Super food of India, “Millets” have to offer.

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Millets are Truly Wonderful!

Millets are Truly Wonderful!

What are Millets?

Millets are a group of highly variable small-seed grasses, widely grown around the world (especially in India & Africa) as cereal crops or grains for human food and also as fodder. In India, millets have regularly been mentioned in some of the oldest Yajurveda texts, thus indicating that millet consumption was very common, pre-dating to the Indian Bronze Age (4,500BC).

Millets are an excellent crop species as they have numerous benefits for every stakeholder involved in the ‘Millet Cycle’.

Listed below are the benefits of Millets for Individuals, Farmers & Mother Earth.

Millets for You

Consuming Millets or making Millets a part of an individual’s daily diet has innumerable health benefits –

Improves Skin Elasticity

Millet is rich in the amino acids namely L-lysine and L-proline which help to create collagen in the body, a substance which gives structure to the skin’s tissue. Thus, eating millet fortifies the collagen level in the body to improve Skin’s Elasticity.

Helps decrease High Blood Pressure

Millets contain Magnesium which relaxes the muscles that line the inside of the arterial walls of the human body, thereby reducing blood pressure. It also aids in the severity & frequency of Asthma & Migraines.

Aids in Weight Loss

Millets contain Tryptophan, an amino acid which lowers appetite in the human body and aids in managing weight. Millets are slow to digest, therefore keeps an individual’s stomach full for a longer period of time. They have a higher fiber content, thereby satiating hunger quickly, preventing from overeating. Individuals who want to shed weight should definitely incorporate millets into their daily diets.

Helps in slowing down Muscle Degradation

Millets are rich in protein content and the amino acids which slow down the process of Muscle Degradation thereby helping in building leaner muscles.

Powerhouse of Antioxidants

Millets are a godown of Antioxidants which helps in slowing down the aging process considerably.

Millets for the Farmer

Despite Millets like Ragi being the staple diet of the Karnataka population, Farming area for Millets has seen a decreasing trend in the last twenty years. From nearly 30 lakh hectares of Millet Farming in the 80s and 90s, it has declined to less than 14 lakh hectares at present.

The above situation begs to improve & surely there are numerous signs to show it is indeed improving. The drought-like situation in the country for the past 3 years has definitely prompted the increase in Millets Farming as Millets can be cultivated with the use of minimal water.

But there is a catch here, Cultivating Millets is surely easy to say but the returns on farming of Millets are scant. The government should definitely pay due attention to this state of Farmers in the country who want to Cultivate Millets, there is a huge need of providing appropriate returns, framing of new policies to encourage Millet Farming in the Country.

Moreover, the Karnataka government has earmarked 34 crores in the current budget to promote the cultivation of Millets, which is definitely a great start to establish & encourage Millets cultivation.

Millets for the Planet

Millets are the Superfood which is excellent for the Planet due to a number of reasons.

Firstly they consume considerably less water to grow when compared to other popular crops such as rice, wheat which require huge amounts of water to cultivate.

Secondly, the number of pesticides & fertilizers required for Millets are exponentially less, which is advantageous for Planet Earth. The quality of the soil is also maintained due to this practice of consuming lesser fertilizers.

To genuinely care for Mother Earth, it is imperative that we inculcate this healthy habit to consuming Millets in our Diets.