Why millets should be included in our diet?
In recent years, traditional ingredients, dishes and recipes are gaining importance. Millets are one such find. We figured out that our ancestors ate super-grains millets and suddenly these bland, gluten-free whole grains have found their way onto our kitchen shelves too.
Millet contains a wealth of nutrients, including protein, dietary fiber, B vitamins, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, potassium, copper, and selenium. They are also a source of antioxidants, flavonoids, anthocyanins, saponins, and lignans that provide significant health benefits.
Millets can be part of a healthy diet for diabetic patients that prevents spikes in blood sugar and increases insulin sensitivity. Compared to wheat and corn, millets are gluten free and have a low glycemic index of 54-68. Having a lot of dietary fiber, protein with all the essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals helps to stabilize blood sugar levels.
5 best reasons why people should include millets in their diet are listed here -
Aid in Weight Loss
Millets are a boon for all those weight watchers who are looking to shed those extra pounds. Including millet in your regular diet, such as millet flour or millet for breakfast, can significantly help lower BMI in obese people. Replacing rice with millet on a daily basis can reduce fat accumulation, improve gut health, and help you achieve sustained weight loss.
Prevent Heart Diseases
Millet has an impressive antioxidant profile that includes beta glucans, flavonoids, anthocyanidins, tannins, lignans, and policosanols. These antioxidants play a critical role in lowering LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol and help maintain healthy blood vessels and clear clots, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Fights Cancer Cells
Research has shown that millet, such as the foxtail and prose varieties, are effective in inhibiting the growth of cancer cells in a variety of tissues. The phytochemicals found in millet are antiproliferative and reduce the formation of cancer cells in the colon, breast and liver without causing damage to normal cells.
Prevents Blood Sugar
Due to its high fiber, millets are ideal choice for diabetes. Slow digestion aids fiber and subsequently, sugar slowly travels through the blood stream that reduces blood sugar spike risk. FittR Bites’ instant Multi-Millet Dosa Mix, Millets Khichdi Mix and Jowar Upma rava mix are all diabetic friendly products.
The presence of a large amount of dietary fiber in millet helps to improve the functioning of the digestive system. It fights constipation, flatulence, bloating, cramps, regulates bowel function and improves the overall health of other vital organs such as the liver, kidneys, and strengthens the immune system.