Its Me the Millet ! – The Miracle Grains
Greetings friends ….Its Me the Millet
Don’t You know Me ! …
For Those, who have forgotten me , Its time to rethink and bring back us – lost traditional Let me help you to Rediscover my values , benefits and about how easily I can be part of your daily lives like your ancestors did.
Who are we (Millets) : We are the groups of cereals other than wheat, rice, maize & barley. We are mostly tiny in size, round in shape & ready for usage as it is.
History suggests that we were about 6,000 varieties throughout the world with different colors from pale yellow, to gray, white, and red.
Archaeologists say that my friend foxtail millet was so old that no wild plant of the species is known to exist today.
But you all forgotten us .
Ok.Let me introduce my family which are locally available right now .
Banyard Millet has 6 times high fiber content when compared with wheat.Its a gluten free millet with high calcium, phosporous & fiber.
It is high in carbohydates & fat too.It helps to maintain the body temperature.It acts as a good anti oxidant too.
Finger Millet contains high amount of calcium, protein with well balanced essential amino acids composition along with Vitamin A, Vitamin B and phosphorous. It also contains high amount of calcium , Its high fiber content also checks constipation, high blood cholesterol and intestinal cancer.
It is called as wonder grain.It helps to reduce the heat of the body.It also helps to heal ulcers & anemia.Its a great replacement for rice & wheat especially for diabetic patients.
Foxtail Millet is a gluten free grain is and the second most commonly grown species. It is one of the oldest cultivated millet. Foxtail millet is high in carbohydrates.It is rich in dietry fiber and minerals such as copper & iron.It helps us to keep our body strong & immune.It helps to control blood sugar & cholesteral levels.
In Kodo Millet ,the fibre content of the whole grain is very high.
As with other food grains, the nutritive value of Kodo millet protein could be improved by supplementation with legume protein.
Its basically a digestion friendly millet.It is rich in phytochemicals,Phytate that helps in reduction of cancer risks.
It helps to reduce the body weight which is most needed for obese people.It helps to overcome irregular period problems in women.It helps to reduce knee & joint pains.Also it is good for diabetic people .It reduces nervous disorders especially in eyes.
Little Millet is suitable for people of all age groups. It helps to prevent constipation & heals all the problems related to stomach.
It improves the semen counts of men.It also helps for women with irregular periods problems.
Its high fiber helps to reduce the fat depositions in the body.
Proso Millet is one of the most nutritious and delicious temperate millet, also known as broom corn, common millet.
The grain contains a comparatively high percentage of indigestible fibre because the seeds are enclosed in the hulls and are difficult to remove by conventional milling processes.
The health-promoting phenolic compounds contained in the grains are readily bioaccessible and high Calcium contents favor bone strengthening and dental health Protein content in proso millet grains is comparable with that of wheat, but the share of essential amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and methionine) is substantially higher in proso millet.
Sorghum is rich in potassium and phosphorus and also has a good amount of calcium with small amounts of iron and sodium.
Sorghum grain has high levels of iron and zinc and is hence being targeted as a means to reduce micronutrient malnutrition globally.
Adding sorghum regularly in the meals of pregnant woman helps them attain requirements for minerals and vitamins in their diet.
Jowar helps control heart problems, body weight and arthritis.
Pearl Millet is known to possess phytochemicals that lowers cholesterol.
It also contains folate, magnesium, copper, zinc, and vitamins E and B- complex.
It has a high energy content compared to other flours. It is also rich in calcium and unsaturated fats which are good for the body.
It is a miracle millet which has iron that is 8 times of rice.
It is very rich in Calcium,Protein,Iron & Magnesium.It helps to reduce the bad cholestral level in our body. Its a great body coolant.
Its consumed as porridge during summer.
It helps to improve the digestion power & heals stomach ulcers too.It helps to improve bowel movements & prevents constipation.
It makes our body strong.It helps to increase the secretion of milk for lactating mothers.
We are Nutritions basket
We are the storage of major and micro nutrients in large quantities needed by the human body .
Refer the table for my nutrition values
Do you know that We are much conscious about our Environment too !
Yeah , Unlike rice and wheat we require many inputs in terms of soil fertility and water,
We grow well in dry regions as rainfed crops.
We can be grown on low fertility soils.
We do not demand chemical fertilisers . In fact, under dry land conditions, we thrive better in the absence of chemical fertilizers. So We are natural , organic and environment friendly .
We , the millets are pest free crops and we are climate change compliant crops.
Poor farmers especially in dryland India are the one who cultivate us
By making us (millets) part of your daily lives , you will be encouraging poor farmers in dryland areas to cultivate crops that are best suited for those regions.
This is a step towards sustainable cropping practices where by introducing diversity in our diets, we respect the biodiversity in nature rather than forcefully changing cropping patterns to grow wheat and rice everywhere.
And the final word for you is
“ Do not discard old traditional food like us just because we are old! “
By Naturoskart Team (Naturoskart.com)
Hope we have linked you well with the millets – The magical grains , to understand the forgotten food which is full of nutritients.
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* Sources : The facts are cull from online , offline material , experts and books