We are in an era where finding healthy substitutes for our food staples is constant. We see health advice overflowing on the internet to switch to the brown over the white. Elaborating the food racism, the idea here is to reduce the consumption of all the white food i.e., white rice, white sugar, etc., and increase the consumption of a better claimed alternative like Brown rice or brown sugar instead. Millets, which used to reign in India once fell out of popularity when the government increased the cultivation of other grains. Millets are high in nutrition and have no antibiotics or pesticides in them which adds them to the list of organic products. Millets are of two categories – Husked grains and Naked grains. Husked grains as the name suggests, contain a husk that must be removed to be made ready for human consumption. Foxtail Millet, Kodo millet, and Little millets are some of the types in this category. Naked grains do not require a lot of processing after cultivation and are quite popular owing to this feature. Finger millet, Sorghum, and Pearl millet are the famous types that fall in this category.
Apart from being high in nutrition, Millets are also advisable for cultivation since they can be grown in any season and as mentioned earlier, they can be grown without pesticides as they do not attract a lot of pests. It can also be a meat substitute, although the nutritional values differ, it rules out the guilt of killing animals and birds to eat. Other types of Millets can be Barnyard millet, Foxtail millet, and Browntop millet. Other than being high in nutrients, the popular benefits of Millets are that it aids weight loss, keeps the heart strong, aids in preventing pulmonary disorders strengthens digestion since it is high in fiber, and improves immunity. It is advisable to include Millets, but do not solely rely on this and ensure to include all sorts of grains, vegetables, and fruits in your diet for complete balanced nutrition.