A life blended with nature is healthy living. Millets greatly support the well being of our life. Our grandparents have led a healthy living because of these millets and traditional food habits. But our living era we spoiled the food with fertilizers and many more adulterants making it even worse to eat and thus spoiling our health. It’s high time we have to bring back our traditional way of eating healthy and natural foods for the next generation. Now let’s have look at the 7 tasty, healthy and nutritious millets and its amazing health benefits particularly unique benefits of each millet.
What is Millet?
Millet is a kind of cereal that has a small seed in it. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals, fibers and can be easily digested and it prevents mankind from many diseases. They are…
- Pearl Millet (Kambu-Bajra)
- Kodo Millet (Varagu)
- Little Millet (Samai)
- Foxtail Millet (Thinai)
- Barnyard Millet (Kuthirai Vali)
- Finger Millet (Ragi)
- Sorghum Millet (Cholam-Jowar)
etc. these millets can be grown even during droughts and it can be grown in a smaller time period.
Healthy and Nutritious Millets
Foxtail Millet (Thinai)
Foxtail millet (Setaria italica) an old and traditional millet that has an age of nearly 10,000 years ago it has been cultivated in East Asia. India stands first in the production of this millet. Carbohydrate, Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, phosphorus, protein, calcium-rich loaded millet. It strengthens the heart muscles. It improves the vision. It is best given to breastfeeding mothers since it improves the lactation. It removes phlegm and gastric problem. This millet can be made as a breakfast as a sweet or can be done as any traditional sweets that can be enjoyed and equally benefitted.
Finger Millet (Ragi)
Finger Millet (Eleusine coracana) is the best nutritional food as good for the kids and as well as an adult. In the olden days, it was the food for the poor but now it’s been taken up by all the people around the world. It can be grown in any hot regions. It is rich in calcium, phosphorus, iron, and fiber comparing to rice and wheat. People suffering from bone disorders, anemia, heart problem, constipation, diabetes can take this as the best food. It improves the overall health of small children. It can be taken a cooked semi-solid form to reduce the body heat. People planning for weight loss can include this in their diet, it improves digestion, heals the intestine wound. It is the best food for pregnant ladies also. One can make any breakfast items or any sweets using this finger miller and can be included in their menu.
Little Millet (Samai)
Little millet has loads of fiber comparing to the rice hence it is given to the diabetic people. It is rich in iron hence can be included in the anemic person’s diet. It is the best food for those suffering from stomach related problems, especially for constipation. Minerals in the little millet (Samai) have the efficiency of increasing cell production in the body. One can cook idli, biryani or any item with this millet.
Barnyard Millet (Kuthirai Vali)
Tasty and healthy rich Barnyard millet can be grown in any land area. Since it is shaping resembles the tail of the horse it is called ‘Kuthirai Vali’ in Tamil. It is rich in calcium, iron, and fiber. The fiber content in this millet can prevent cancer, blood pressure, and heart diseases. It acts as cells preventing anti-oxidant. It is the best remedy for gastric problems this can be included in the diet during sick time like cold, fever, hip pain or stomach discomfort.
Kodo Millet (Varagu)
It was a traditional Tamilian food once upon a time. It was a traditional food in many countries too. Kodo millet (Pennisetum glaucum) can be grown in any dry area also. It energizes the body and has increased fiber content than wheat. It can be digested easily. It is rich in protein and micronutrients. It is rich in phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, calcium, Vitamin B. it improves urination process, removes constipation problem, it reduces the body weight. It helps to remove toxins in the body, it improves the nervous system and strengthens bones and cures menstrual problems.
Pearl Millet (Kambu-Bajra)
Pearl millet (Kambu) is cultivated throughout India. It is rich in vitamins, energies the body and makes it refreshing. It removes fatigue and makes you more active. It reduces the body heat and cures indigestion problem. It prevents stomach ulcers. It is best given for growing children and puberty females. It has unsaturated fat and can be given to the heart patient. It removes toxins and establishes good health.
Sorghum Millet (Cholam-Jowar)
Sorghum is an ancient grain and was the best food during drought and starvation season in India. It is rich in carbohydrates, protein, and fiber. It helps to gain weight. Women suffering from Osteoporosis can include the sorghum (Cholam) in their diet to enhance their health. Yet this is not the best food for the people who suffer from skin disorders, skin allergy or psoriasis. This is the best food for people suffering from diabetes, anemia and indigestion problems. It increases the urination process and reduces the salt content in the blood and the beta carotene in sorghum (Cholam) improves the vision.
All the millets can be cooked as any kind of traditional food items and can be included in the daily diet and thus improving the health.