by The Welthi Bureau 29th March, 2019
In a world where health seekers are looking desperately for all things gluten free, Indians heat up their ‘tavas’ and revive grandma’s recipes for Ragi, Jowar and Bajra. This trio of health is providing the much needed boost to healthy cuisine, and above all, providing the much needed alternative to wheat flour. You will be amazed at the numerous health benefits of adding ancient grains to your diet.
Ragi (Finger Millet) : Whether taken in the form of porridge, roti or dosa, Ragi provides a power packed alternative to wheat flour, and constitutes a nutrition-rich meal in itself.
Ragi has been hailed as one of the best non-dairy sources of calcium, and its low glycemic index controls food cravings and maintains blood sugar within the ‘safe’ range.
What’s more incredible is that Ragi reverses skin ageing! It maintains youthful skin, as it contains vital amino acids like Methionine and Lysine. Plus it is one of the very few natural sources of Vitamin D.
Ragi flour is the ideal food for patients battling anaemia, as it is an excellent source of natural iron.
Ragi is a boon to people suffering from anxiety, depression and insomnia, so rustle up a batch of delicious Ragi cookies to snack on frequently. The antioxidants and amino acids like Tryptophan, present in Ragi, work as natural relaxants. Ragi is also believed to help relieve migraines.
Best of all, Ragi keeps your weight down, as it is a rich source of dietary fibre.
Jowar (Sorghum): This is another powerful flour alternative to wheat. It is vitamin and fibre rich, and has its own delicious flavour. It also pairs well with greens, so adding some to the flour while making rotis, adds to its already high nutrient content.
Sorghum is rich in protein iron and copper, is fibre rich and gluten-free, and has been known to play a crucial role in cellular function and repair. The rich quantity of potassium and phosphorous also helps lower cholesterol and manage high blood pressure.
The high fibre content of Jowar helps in weight loss and weight management. Eating jowar controls binging on fattening foods, as the fibre in the flour keeps you full for longer.
Jowar is another safe option for Diabetics, as it is a complex carbohydrate and therefore digested slowly, preventing spikes in blood sugar levels.
Bajra (Millet): Millet is packed with nutrients and is also affordable, which makes it a popular choice for people who cannot afford more expensive grains. However, it is making its way back to the tables of the affluent as well, owing to the rediscovery of its nutritional value.
Bajra is rich in magnesium and keeps your cardiovascular system working well by lowering blood pressure, and thereby preventing heart attacks and strokes. The high potassium content of Bajra also makes it a good vasodilator.
The fibre in Bajra lowers cholesterol and prevents clogging of the arteries. The high amount of magnesium in Bajra is also known to control and prevent Diabetes!
Regular consumption of Bajra helps prevent colon and breast cancer, owing to its high fibre content. It is high in antioxidants and detoxifies your body. It is also believed to prevent asthma and other respiratory problems, apart from preventing celiac disease, because it is gluten-free.
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