Do you know? Millet plays a prominent role in controlling diabetes and reducing weight. In this article I am not only sharing some important benefits of millet, but also sharing one of millet recipes.
We Indians are attracted towards consumption of western foods for reducing weight instead of the ancient sub-continent foods. Even if we grow a variety of food grains, we don’t pay attention to them.
Today I want to share some beneficial pieces of information about millet, which helped me in reducing weight and reversing diabetes.
What are millets?
Do you know? Millet plays a prominent role in controlling diabetes and reducing weight.
Millets are cereal crops and small seeds, grasses that are grown in African and Asian countries. These cereal crops have a history of 5000 years. Millet Crops are very good for human consumption as well as fodder for animals.
They are cultivated in semi-arid tropical regions of Africa and Asia.
97% of the world’s millet productions happen here. Millets are rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals, and fibers.
Millets were tagged as “Poor man’s food grains” for many years. But now it is even consumed by the rich and famous people.
Eating healthy over junk food is a big task nowadays.
Earlier people in southern India used to cultivate millets and eat more of them. But they were sidelined because of lack of recognition from the government. The government pushed rice and wheat in the subsidized public distribution system, which resulted in a decrease in the production of millets.
What are the Categories?
Millets are of 2 categories- Naked grains and Husked grains.
Naked grains: Some of the millets that come under Naked grains are Ragi (Finger millet), Jowar and Bajra. These Millets don’t require processing after harvest, we can use it simply after being cleaned.
These millets are more popular and being cultivated largely across the country.
Husked grains: These millets consist of indigestible seed coast. The husks need to be removed before the consumption of humans.
Foxtail millets, Pearl Millets, Little millets, and Kudo millets come under this category.
Types of Millets:
Generally, we call Kakum/ Kangni / Navane to Foxtail millets. It is available as Semolina Rice flour. We can make Dosa, Pulav, Upma, Khichdi, etc. Out of these millets.
These millets not only help the body to balance the blood sugar level, but also they are very rich in Carbohydrates.
Iron and calcium content inside Foxtail millets helps in increasing immunity power, regulating blood cholesterol, and increases healthy cholesterol in the body.
Do you know this? 1 cup of cooked Foxtail millets contains 286 Kcal, 2.4 grams of Trans fats, 8 grams of protein, 5.7 grams of Carbohydrates, and 2.2 MG of Zinc in it.
Popularly known as Ragi. It is the healthiest cereal substitute for rice as well as wheat. A Ragi is gluten-free, rich in protein and Amino acids, which helps the brain development of growing children.
Pearl Millets are incredible nutrient forms. It contains a good amount of magnesium, calcium, protein, and iron. Pearl millets fight very strongly against type 2 diabetics.
Do you know this? 100 grams of uncooked pearl millet give 378 Kcal, 73 grams of Carbs, 11 grams protein, and 4 grams fat in it.
Buckwheat millets are very good for a person who wants to reduce his/her weight.
It is not only effective for people who have diabetes but also helps to lower the blood pressure and reduces the chance of cardiovascular health.
It plays a great part in fighting against diseases such as gallstones, asthma, and breast cancer.
Little millets are great replacements for rice. In addition millets are very high in fibers and filled with numerous minerals such as potassium, zinc, iron, and calcium.
They are a very good form of vitamin B and works as an antioxidant in our body.
Millets are the one, which played a very prominent role in reducing my body weight.
I didn’t consume it every day, but in a week, I used to take it 3 times.
If you are a diabetic patient, if you want to reduce your weight, I suggest you add millets in your daily diet.
Are you thinking what to prepare from millets??? Don’t worry, especially for you, I have prepared Fox-tail Upma recipe, and I am going to share more such recipes in my next article. Why should we eat Millet?
So here it is, the recipe to some mouth-watering Fox-millet Upma
Fox millet Upma:
Recipe servings: 3
Prep time: 30 Min
Cook time: 15 Min
Foxtail millet: 1 Cup
Water: 2 Cup
Onion: 1 no.
Green Chilli: 1 or 2 nos.
Tomato: 1 no.
Carrot: 1 no.
Capsicum: 1 no.
Oil (I suggest Coconut oil): 2 spoons
Mustard: ½ spoons
Jeera (Cumin): ½ spoons
Turmeric powder: ¼ turmeric powder
Hing/ Asafoetida: ¼ spoons
Curry leaves: 8-10 leaf
Salt: for taste
Chop all the vegetables into small pieces.
How to do it?
Step.1: Clean and soak 1 cup of foxtail millet in water for half an hour
Step.2: Boil Foxtail millet in cooker with 2 Cup of water. After 2 whistles, keep it aside.
Step.3: Take a pan, heat it for 15 Seconds, and add 2 spoons of oil. Add chopped Chillies, Mustard, Jeera, Turmeric, Hing and Curry leaves one by one.
Step.4: After that add Tomato, Onion, Carrot, Capsicum one by one in the gap of 45 seconds and fry it for 5 min
Step.5: Add boiled Fox millet and salt to taste and mix it. At last, if you want you can add some coriander leaves and coconut grate to it.
Step.6: Enjoy the Foxtail millet Upma with a cool and peaceful mind.
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