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Health Benefits of Millet

What is Millet?

Millet is one of the oldest cultivated grains in the world and has been grown throughout Africa and Southeast Asia for thousands of years. Today, it's one of the most important cereals around and is a staple crop for humans and animals. 

The small round grains are so important because they're hardy and easy to store for years without insect damage. 

A highly nutritious crop, millets stand out from other cereals due to their superior micronutrient profile and rich content of bioactive flavonoids. With a low Glycaemic Index (GI), millets play a role in diabetes prevention. They serve as excellent sources of essential minerals such as iron, zinc, and calcium. Notably gluten-free, millets offer a safe dietary option for individuals with celiac disease.

Beyond their nutritional benefits, millets contribute to the management and prevention of hyperlipidemia and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risks. Consumption of millets has been linked to reductions in weight, BMI, and high blood pressure. In India, millets are traditionally paired with legumes, fostering mutual supplementation of protein, enhancing amino acid content, and improving overall protein digestibility.

Accessible and convenient, millet-based value-added products in the ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat categories cater to urban populations. The dual-purpose use of millets as both food and fodder enhances farming efficiency. Additionally, millet cultivation plays a role in reducing the carbon footprint, contributing to sustainable agricultural practices.

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