Diet and Nutrition

What Is Millet?

Pearl, kodo, and foxtail Millet

Pearl millet is grown widely across the world. It originated in the Central tropical regions of Africa and is also distributed widely in dry areas. Because of its ability to grow in difficult environments, pearl millet can also be grown in areas where other crops, such as wheat or maize, would not be able to survive. Pearl millet is famously referred to as "Bajra" in India. It is rich in protein and can instantly give you energy. Apart from protein, pearl millet is also loaded with magnesium, iron, calcium and fiber.

Kodo millet is considered an indigenous cereal and is widely grown in various parts of India. It is also referred to as haraka and varagu. Kodo millet is a rich source of protein and has a high fiber content. It is low in fat and can get digested very easily. Due to the high amount of lecithin present in kodo millet, it can help strengthen someone's nervous system. They are also rich in B vitamins, mainly niacin, folic acid, and B6. It also contains other minerals, such as magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium and potassium. Kodo is a great option for people on a gluten-free diet. Kodo millet is also good for women who are postmenopausal, suffering from heart-related disorders, hypertension, and high levels of cholesterol. 

Foxtail millet is grown mainly in China. It is one of the oldest cultivated crops, and it ranks second in terms of overall millet production. It also has an important place in the world of agriculture. Foxtail millet cannot handle water logging and can survive and grow when there is also a drought. It grows quickly, and it can be grown as a short-term catch crop. Foxtail millet is available in the form of rice flour or semolina. It has carbohydrates that helps in balancing blood sugar levels. Calcium and iron present in foxtail millet also helps strengthen the immune system.