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Millet

One of the oldest forms of crops in the world, millets are the first cereal grains to be domesticated for human consumption. Millets can be described as a group of small seeded species of grains or cereals that are mainly grown for human food and animal feed. Millets are grown under difficult production environment and come under the category of agronomic group. During the prehistoric times, millets formed a very important part of people's diet, much before rice came into existence. Millets belong to various genera in the subfamily 'Panicoideae', that are a part of the grass family 'Poaceae'.

Nutritional Contents of Millet
Millets are a rich source of B vitamins like niacin, B17, B6, etc. as well as folic acid, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc. They do not contain gluten, and are thus easily digestible. They are the only group that retain their alkaline nature and, thus, are ideal for people who are allergic to both wheat and gluten.

Benefits of Millet
Following are some of the health benefits associated with the use of consuming millets:
  • The presence of magnesium in millets helps in reducing many ailments like asthma, migraine attack, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, etc.
  • Niacin in millets helps in reducing the cholesterol level, which otherwise leads to high blood pressure
  • The insoluble fibers present in millets help in preventing gallstones. According to a recent research,the presence of dietary fibers in women's diet showed that the risk of gallstones was getting reduced as compared to those who has no fibers in their diet
  • Millets also help in reducing the blood sugar level, thereby lowering the risk of diabetes. Magnesium in millets improves the secretion of insulin and also improves the metabolism of the body
  • Women suffering from post-menopausal disorder are at a high risk of being afflicted with high blood pressure, high cholesterol level,  obesity, etc. These disorders can be prevented by eating millets at least 6 times in a week.