What are the Millets?
Millets are coarse grains which have been traditionally grown and eaten in the Indian subcontinent for the last 5000 years. They contain high nutritional value and are rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals and fibres. Unlike other cereals, millets require little water and ground fertility. They have long enjoyed the tag of “poor man’s food grain” due to its sheer affordability. However, of late, it has come into the notice of fitness-centric youngsters who are learning the wellness potential of this humble food.
Types of Millets
Millets come in different shapes and sizes. Let's have a look about it briefly.
PEPMA MILLET HEALTHY PRODUCTS
Benefits of Healthy Snacks
Have Strong Bones
Strengthens bones for growing children and aging people. (reduces risk of fracture) and Prevents osteoporosis and arthritis.Rich in Antioxidant and reduces the chance of developing various types of cancers.Reduces the fat deposition in body.It helps irregular periods problem for women.
Body immunity is built on the protein consumed. Millets provide a great source of protein and can help build and strengthen the immunity. The stronger immunity mean, the less disease-prone.
Keeps blood sugar levels low
Consuming millets can pre-empt people from developing diabetes, because of its low glycemic index. Millets are a rich source of magnesium, which help in stimulating the level of insulin, thereby increasing the efficiency of glucose receptors in the body, which further helps in maintaining a healthy balance of sugar level in the body. This helps in reducing the chance of diabetes type II.
Rich in fiber, millets make for a healthy cereal, which can help in digestion and can relieve bowel issues. It helps in gastrointestinal problems and can ease in other diseases related to the liver and kidney. It can also help in reducing the risk of colon cancer.
The magnesium contained in millets can reduce frequent experience of migraines and bring down the severity of asthma complaints. Unlike wheat, millets don’t contain the allergens which lead to asthma and wheezing.
Acts as an antioxidant
Millets are loaded with the components such as curcumin, ellagic acid, Quercetin and catechins, which further help in removing foreign agents and free radicals and balance the enzymatic reactions in the body. These can naturally detoxify the blood.
Aids weight loss
The calorie content of millets is incredibly low, and so, they are a great food product for weight loss hopefuls. Not just those looking to lose weight, millet benefits people who are conscious of their fitness too. It helps them maintain their energy level throughout the day without having to keep eating constantly to refuel themselves. Millets also keep you satiated for longer than other carbohydrates which are digested within a couple of hours of being consumed. Consuming millets, make to feel fuller for longer as they take some time to get digested and absorbed into the body and helps to avoid unhealthy snacks, as a result.
Reduces Heart Risks
Millets contain essential fats, which provide the natural fat. It also helps excess fat from being deposited over muscles, which then effectively lower risk of high cholesterol, strokes and other heart complaints. The potassium content in millets regulates blood pressure and optimise the circulatory system. Rich in potassium, millets can effectively work as a vasodilator. Moreover, the plant lignans in millets can be transformed into animal ligans, which can combat chronic diseases like cancer and other coronary diseases.