Health Benefits of Millets Over Wheat


Advantages of Millets over Wheat

Mostly known as bird food, Millet is small-sized and round shaped grain is available in white, yellow, grey or red. Mostly we see a grey colored one. Millet is an excellent source of minerals and good for those who are allergic to gluten.

Millets (1 cup of cooked millet) contains:

Calories 286
Carbohydrate (g) 57
Total fat (g) 2.4
Cholesterol (mg) 0
Saturated fat (g) 0.4

Niacin (mg) 3.2
Sodium (mg) 5
Dietary fiber (g) 3.1
Magnesium (mg) 106
Protein (g) 8
Zinc (mg) 2.2

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Health Benefits of Millets:

  • Good for Heart Health: Magnesium present in it lowers down the high blood pressure and hence prevents the risk of heart attacks
  • Helps in repair and development of body tissue: Phosphorous present in it plays a major role lipid-containing structures such as cell membranes and nervous system structures.
  • Lowers down the risk of Diabetes: Magnesium maintains insulin levels and prevents from the risk of diabetes
  • Helps in avoiding Gallstones: an ultimate source of insoluble fiber, millet helps in avoiding gallstones as it reduces the secretion of bile acids
  • Prevents Breast Cancer: according to studies done women eating more fiber are less prone to the risk of breast cancer as compare to women eating less or no fiber.
  • Good for Weight loss: having millets keeps your colon hydrate and prevents the situation of constipation which aid in weight loss
  • Take care of Postmenopausal health of women
  • Lowers Down Cholesterol: Niacin (Vitamin B3), in millet lowers down cholesterol levels
  • Best for Gluten-allergic people: Millet is gluten-free and non-allergic and good for sensitive people
  • High source of Protein: for vegetarians it also fulfill the need of daily protein requirement

How can you include Millet in your diet?

  • Can have millet porridge in breakfast
  • In India during winters we use to have millet flour chapatti
  • Can have it in place of rice. Just simply boil it and can have it with dal or Indian kadi

I personally enjoy Millet sweet dish: bajra laddoo and bajra n till tikki both taste amazingly.

So let’s introduce a new member in our diet i.e. Millet which is rich in minerals, full of fiber and assist in weight loss and best for gluten- allergic people.