Millets: The Superfood

The focus on healthy eating and good nutrition cannot be understated, especially in the post-pandemic era. Eating whole grains such as wheat, rice, lentils and pulses is a common practice that has been recommended by experts. Millet is also one such ancient superfood that has been garnering interest in the recent past. It’s widely consumed in developing countries throughout Africa and Asia. While it may look like a seed, millet’s nutritional profile is similar to that of sorghum and other cereals.

Millets are a group of cereal grains that belong to the Poaceae family, commonly known as the grass family.

Millets have numerous health benefits including helping to lower your blood sugar and cholesterol levels  and boasts high protein, fiber, and antioxidant contents. They’re also gluten-free, so people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities can enjoy them.

Here we will elucidate everything you need to know about 6 kinds of millets, including their nutrients, benefits.

  1. Pearl Millets: Bajra (or Pearl Millet) is a popular grain in North-West India, including Rajasthan and Haryana. The fulfilling millet helps keep a check on cholesterol and is also recommended for diabetics. It is good for bone health, promotes heart health and aids in weight loss.
  2. Finger Millet aka Ragi: Whether you make Roti or Cheela, the finger millet will enrich you with multiple macronutrients and micronutrients such as Vitamin B3, folate and calcium.
  3. Foxtail Millet: The Foxtail millet, also known as Kangni, is a grain well-known for promoting good cardiac health and maintaining good hair and skin. It can be used in Dosas, cheelas and more.
  4. Kodo Millet : Rich in fibre and iron, the Kodo millet grain helps prevent constipation and control blood sugar. The humble grain can be used to make Chapatis, Idli etc.
  5. Barnyard Millet:Locally known as Sanwa, this millet is a gluten-free source of both insoluble and soluble fibres. To include it in the diet, you can make porridge, Khichdi and even Pulao.
  6. Buckwheat Millet: A popular grain during Navratri, Kuttu is known to help manage blood pressure and aid weight loss too. From Puris to Cheelas, there is no end to the recipes you can make with Buckwheat.

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