What are the benefits of Coarse Grains Millets Anaaj for good healthy gut
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Coarse grains or Millets are called easy grains because they do not require much effort in their production. These grains also grow in less water and less fertile land. The water consumption is very less in the production of coarse cereals as compared to paddy and wheat. Urea and other chemicals are also not required in its cultivation. Therefore it is also better for the environment.
The cultivation of jowar, bajra and ragi requires 30 percent less water than paddy. About 4 thousand liters of water is consumed in the production of one kg of paddy, while the production of coarse cereals consumes nominal water. Coarse grains grow even in poor soil. These grains do not spoil too quickly. They are still edible after 10 to 12 years. Heavy rains also tolerate climate change. It is not affected by more or less rain.
How beneficial is coarse grain for health
Coarse cereals like jowar, bajra and ragi are full of nutrients. Ragi is a high nutritional coarse grain of Indian origin. It is rich in calcium. There is 344 mg of calcium per 100 grams of ragi.
Ragi is beneficial for diabetic patients. Similarly, millet is rich in protein. Per 100 grams of millet contains 11.6 grams of protein, 67.5 grams of carbohydrates, 8 milligrams of iron and 132 milligrams of carotene. Carotene provides protection to our eyes.
Jowar is the 5th important cereal grown in the world. It is the staple diet of half a billion people. Today, jowar is mostly used for the wine industry, bread production. Jowar is also used in making baby food. Jowar can play an important role in meeting the needs of food grains for the growing population. The government is emphasizing on the cultivation of coarse cereals.
The central government is emphasizing on the cultivation of coarse cereals because these grains can be capable of providing nutritious food to the growing population. Coarse grains are the best source of nutrition. In view of its nutritional properties, the government is thinking of including it in the Mid Day Meal Scheme and Public Distribution System as well.
The year 2018 was celebrated as the year of coarse cereals by the central government to motivate the cultivation of coarse cereals. Radha Mohan Singh, who was the Agriculture Minister at that time, had written a letter to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization appealing to celebrate 2019 as the year of coarse grains.
Cultivation of coarse cereals has increased in some areas of Chhattisgarh and Odisha. The trend of coarse cereals has also increased in South India. In Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha, coarse grains are being included in the daily diet.