Let food be thy medicine. And thy medicine shall be thy food - Hippocrates
WHY MILLET FOOD PRODUCTS?
Millet foods are called as “Healthiest food”, “Next generation smart food” or “super-foods”. Traditionally, millets have been major staple food in Indian society for centuries. Millets are rich in protein, fiber, antioxidants, vitamin-B and micronutrients
(calcium, iron, potassium, zinc and magnesium). Millet foods were part of our grandparents diet. The common millets are:
The protein content of most millet is equivalent to protein content of Quinoa, a popular plant protein-rich grain that cost around Rs 1000/kg. More importantly, millets have highest content of fiber among the cereals grains. Based on the fiber
content, Dr Khadar Valli, a scientist cum nutritionist and also known as “Millet man” has classified the millets as positive, neutral and negative based on the health benefits. Five millets namely Foxtail, Kodo, Barnyard, Little millet and Brown top, which are known as “Siridhanya (Miracle grains)” were grouped as positive millets because of higher fiber content (>10) and low-glycemic index. Whereas polished rice and wheat were grouped as negative millets because of very low fiber and high glycemic index; and others millets were grouped as neutral millets. Dr Khadar Valli has delivered several public health lectures on the health benefits of millets on youtube
Millets are grown organically and helps in agriculture sustainability
Besides nutritional value, millets are resilient (less sensitive) to climate
change (e.g., high temperatures and low monsoon rainfall) and thereby help
in sustaining agriculture. Rice farming requires 2.5 times more water than
millet farming (siridhyana). This immensely helps the farmer in dry regions
with scanty rainfall to sustain millet farming. More importantly, millet farming
is totally organic because no pesticides and fumigants are applied.
As per Indian Institute of Millet research, India and other researchers, the
following are proven health benefits of millet foods-