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Millets for your diet

Published on 2017-03-17 10:03:55

Millets are becoming popular in India because of their health benefits and nutritional aspects. Theses gluten-free grains can be consumed by everyone as they support the digestive tract by absorbing nutrients from their food properly. 

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Millets are rich in vitamin- B, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and so on. . Millets are rich sources of magnesium which is extremely important for starch digestion. Consumption of magnesium-rich whole grains can help lower the risk of type-2 diabetes. Researchers from Cornell University have found that millets are equivalent to fruits or vegetables with respect to their antioxidant properties. According to their research,  unlike the ‘free’ forms of antioxidants seen amply in fruits and vegetables, the antioxidants in millets are in the 'bound' form which needs to be released on fermentation by bacteria. 

Millets are commonly consumed grains in India. In India, we find various types of millets such as 

  • Foxtail Millet
  • Pear Millet
  • Finger Millet
  • Little Millet
  • Barnyard Millet
  • Kodu Millet etc. 

Note: Millets are known to possess goitrogens which causes affect iodine metabolism causing thyroid problems. Hence, it is  advisable to include them in batters and not in daily diet like rice or wheat.

Millet: A gluten-free grain:

Gluten is a dietary supplement which is a mixture of   proteins generally found in wheat and others.  It provides starchy, elasticity, and chewy texture and properties to the food like wheat rotis. 

Millets are grains that do not contain any gluten. Unlike the ragi, jowar or bajra rotis, rolling wheat roti is easier. It lacks starchy substance that facilitates easy digestion. Adding millet to someone's diet is rich in gluten will create balance by creating a more alkaline medium in body. 

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