Millets are a group of highly variable small-seeded grasses, widely grown around the world as cereal crops/ grains. Millet is tiny in size and round in shape.Pearl millet, scientifically known as Pennisetumglaucum. Pearl Millet are the most commonly grown millet in West Africa and the Indian Sub-Continent. It is famous by the name of “Bajra” in India. Indian subcontinent is the largest producer of Pearl millet.
Pearl millet covers an estimated 31 million hectares worldwide – an area about the size of Poland – and is grown in more than 30 countries located in the arid and semi-arid tropical and subtropical regions of Asia, Africa and Latin America.
The crop is well adapted to agricultural areas that are afflicted by severe drought, poor soil fertility, and high temperatures. It also grows well in soils with high salinity or low pH (highly acidic). Because of its tolerance to such challenging environmental conditions, it is often found in truly marginal areas where other cereal crops, such as maize or wheat, can’t survive. It is grown, for example, on the edge of the Sahel desert in North-eastern Mali, an area considered by many to be where the crop came from.
Nutritional Value &Health Benefits of Pearl Millet:-
Millets are very high in their nutrition content. Millets are three to five times nutritionally superior to rice and wheat in terms of proteins, minerals and vitamins. Millets are rich in B vitamins, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, also gluten-free and has low-GI (Glycemic index) thus millets are suitable for people allergies/intolerance of wheat. Also for diabetic, weight loss millets are excellent.
Millets are rich in B vitamins, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, also gluten-free Helps to lower type 2 diabetic and reduces the risk of heart disease. Millets are a great source of starch, making it a high-energy food. It is also an excellent source of protein and fiber.
- Excellent source of protein and fiber.
- Reduces cholesterol.
- For maintaining good heart health.
- Help in preventing gallstones in women.
- Reduce the risk of cardiac arrests.
- Helps in minimizing the risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Act as a cofactor in a number of enzymatic reactions.
Millets can be cooked as we make rice and serve with dal, sambar, rasam or any curry of our choice. We can also make various dosa, idli, upma, pongal, pulao, sweets from millets, they can also be use in baking. I will post few millets recipe regularly so we can include millets in our diet in more exciting way. These small grain plants are primarily produced in India, who cultivates over 8 million tons every years, followed by a number of larger African countries and China. Millet can be used as a traditional cereal, but can also be used in porridge, snacks, and other breads, as it is very high in starch, like most other grains. Millet is also a very good source of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and organic compounds that can significantly boost human health in various ways. It is receiving an additional boost of attention in recent years, as Celiac disease seems to be a larger and more well known condition. Millet is gluten-free, so Celiac sufferers can turn to millet as their source of grains, instead of wheat. In terms of basic food staples that are praised as the simplest and most valuable additions to diets around the world, millet provides the most energy, as well as the most fat and B-vitamins.
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