Millet is an ancient grain which is highly variable seeded grasses. Millet belongs to Poaceae family also known as the grass family. It Has been harvested in different parts of the world more noticeable in the south and east Asia and west and east Africa.
Nutrition Present In Millets:
Millet is a small round seed which is rich with minerals like iron, calcium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium and potassium, as well as vitamins like pantothenic, folate, niacin, riboflavin and vitamin B6, C, E and K. It is more potential for fiber content.
Countries with Largest Producers :
China, India and Nigeria are the largest producers of millet crops in the world. Before for many years, India was a major producer of millets.
However, in recent years millet production in Africa increased dramatically.
Types of Millet:
The term ‘Millet’ is actually called as grass. Millets are consisting of several types of small-seeded grass.
- Pearl millet
- Finger millet
- Proso millet
- Barnyard millet
- Foxtail millet
- Little millet
- Kodo millet
- Pearl Millets are rich in antioxidants.
- Ragi are rich in fibre, hence they can control blood sugar.
- Soluble fiber in Proso Millets can lower the risk of cholesterol.
- Glutens are present in Millets, hence it can avoid diarrhoea and other digestive related diseases.
- It is an whole grain food because it contains proteins, carbohydrates, fats and other nutrients.