Many of us are switching to Gluten Free diets in search of healthier lifestyles. A lot of us feel that if switching to Gluten Free means end of grains, wheat being the most widely used grain in the modern times. But there are a variety of delicious and healthy gluten free grains that we can add to our diet, “Millets” is one such excellent example. What are Millets? Millets are the ancient grains which have been traditionally grown all over the over, specially in the Indian sub-continent since over 5000 years and have remain quite unchanged over the centuries. They grow in dry, cold regions also and can be harvested easily and hence are very popular among all the masses. There are a wide variety of millets available currently in the market each having a distinct flavour and taste. Most widely used are the Pearl Millet (Bajra), Sorghum Millet Jowar and Finger Millet (Ragi). Equally nutritious are the Amaranth Millet (Rajgira), Barnyard Millet (Sama/Bhagar). What are the Health Benefits of Millets? Millets are rich in minerals like calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and potassium and vitamins like B6, C, E and K. Moreover, they have high protein and dietary fibre content and less fat. The calorie content of millets is also low as compared to other grains. Because of these multiple health benefits, regular consumption of millets is very helpful for • Aiding Weight Loss • Maintaining Low Blood Sugar Levels • Improving Digestion • Boosting Overall Immunity Owing to their high nutrition value and multi-fold health benefits, we should definitely add millets to our regular diets along with other grains.
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