Meet the Smart Food

Pearl millet

A power-packed grain

For strong bones

It contains high levels of phosphorus3. Phosphorus is essential for bone growth and development in young children.

For pregnant women

Pearl millet contains high amounts of iron and folic acid. Folic acid (folate/vitamin B9) helps to reduce chances of neural tube defects such as spina bifida in the unborn child. Iron is responsible for preventing anemia in the mother.

For sugar and weight control

Pearl millet contains higher amounts of fiber than rice and wheat1. Its high fiber content causes it to digest slowly, releasing glucose at a slower rate as compared to other foods, thus maintaining healthy blood sugar levels for a long period of time2.

The high fiber content in pearl millet also helps to curb hunger for longer, indirectly contributing to weight loss.

References

  1. Longvah T, Ananthan R, Bhaskarachary K and Venkaiah K. 2017. Indian food composition table, National Institute of Nutrition. 1-578.
  2. Thathola A, Srivastava S, Singh G. 2011. Effect of foxtail millet (Setariaitalica) supplementation of serum glucose, serum lipids and glycosylated haemoglobin in Type 2 diabetics. Diabetologia Croatica 40:23-28.
  3. Kumar A, Metwal M, Kaur S, Gupta AK, Puranik S, Singh S, Singh M, Gupta S, Babu BK, Sood S and Yadav R. 2016. Nutraceutical value of finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn.), and their improvement using omics approaches. Frontiers in plant science. 7:934. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2016.00934

Nutritional Value

Protein

Fiber

Calcium

Iron

We compared Pearl Millet to Top 5 foods highest in Iron

  • Pearl Millet
  • Liver
  • Wheat
  • Beef
  • DarK Green Leafy Vegetables

What is your daily recommended iron intake?

  • 13.7–15.1 mg in children 2–11 yrs
  • 16.3 mg in children and teens aged 12–19 yrs
  • 19.3–20.5 mg in men
  • 17.0–18.9 mg in women
  • 14.7 mg in pregnant women

Recipes

Millet cream tartlets

Millet cream tartlets

Millet shots

Millet shots

Pearl Millet Milk Drink (Mburugi in Kitharaka)

Pearl Millet Milk Drink (Mburugi in Kitharaka)

Pearl Millet Chapati

Pearl Millet Chapati

Sorghum and millet kebabs served with sweet mashed potatoes

Sorghum and millet kebabs served with sweet mashed potatoes

Millet and peanut butter cookies

Millet and peanut butter cookies

Sugar free millet cake

Sugar free millet cake

Irish potatoes with millet, sorghum & cheese

Irish potatoes with millet, sorghum & cheese

Millet & sorghum mixed <i>bhajia</i>

Millet & sorghum mixed bhajia

Crispy avocado salad with millet sticks

Crispy avocado salad with millet sticks

Cabbage and sorghum salad in millet shell

Cabbage and sorghum salad in millet shell

Sorghum, millet and chicken soup

Sorghum, millet and chicken soup

Cream of millet soup

Cream of millet soup

Millet stir fry

Millet stir fry

Millet & chickpea stuffed peppers

Millet & chickpea stuffed peppers

Millet couscous with roasted carrots

Millet couscous with roasted carrots

Millet cookies

Millet cookies

Millet sushi

Millet sushi

Pearl Millet Mandazi

Pearl Millet Mandazi

West African spicy kebab with pearl millet

West African spicy kebab with pearl millet

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