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Millet is a low maintenance and drought-resistant grain. People often use it to feed livestock, but consumer interest is growing. This grain provides various health benefits and has multiple uses in cooking.
There are more than 20 different types of millet. Some of the more common varieties include:
• pearl (Pennisetum glaucum)
• finger (Eleusine coracana)
• foxtail (Setaria italica)
• proso (Panicum miliaceum)
• barnyard (Echinochloa utilis)
Millet contains fiber, which contributes to digestive health and helps to regulate bowel movements. Millet also has prebiotics, which stimulate the growth of probiotics within the microbiome. This is important for gut health and the immune system in general.
• Millet is very trusted for people with celiac disease, gluten intolerance because it is gluten-free. People with celiac disease can eat this grain, which is nutrient-rich and high in protein and fiber, without risk of discomfort.
Jowar or sorghum is a cereal grain better known as jowar in India. It can be found in tropical and subtropical climates. People have been eating sorghum for over 5000 years. Its many uses and benefits can be traced back to several civilisations across the world.
It is said to be the fifth most important cereal crop grown in the world. Many cultures recognise jowar benefits. Not only is it a healthy cereal, but it also happens to be a great gluten-free alternative to wheat. Jowar is often used as animal fodder too.
Wheat and barley-based food contain a certain protein component called gluten. It often creates digestive issues such as stomach cramps, bloating, or pain. Those who have gluten intolerance or celiac disease can eat jowar as it is a gluten-free whole grain. It is thus a great alternative.
Rich in Fibre
Compared to barley or rice (other cereal grains), jowar has a much higher concentration of fibre. Just one serving of jowar contains over 12 grams, which makes up almost half the recommended daily intake of fibre. A high-fibre diet lowers the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, cardiac disease, stroke, diabetes, and digestive problems. Jowar Benefits for Hair
Jowar benefits for hair include better hair growth and prevention of hair loss. If you add jowar to your diet, your hair quality will improve. This is because a single helping of jowar offers 58% of the recommended allowance of copper.
There are many more benefits of jowar. Following is an amazing recipe using jowar which can be consumed as lunch or dinner option by all age group people. This is high in fibre and protein as well and the best part is low in fat.