Articles>> Volume 7 Issue 2, 2023

Millets as nutritional, ecological and economic food security
Rajesh Kumar Verma and Deepika Prashar
Curr Med Drug Res 7 (2): 234 (2023)
Millets are cultivated around the world and are considered staple food in some parts of the world. They comprise grasses that are small-seeded and are considered powerhouses of nutrition. In Asia and Africa, millet consumption is high compared to other parts of the world. Millets are very important as they provide good nutritional support to overall health; hence, they are considered potent nutritional supplements. Today, the health industry is flourishing worldwide by introducing concepts of nutritional well-being because millets are gluten-free and comprise all important micro as well as macro nutrients that are crucial for overall health. Millets are very rich in complex carbohydrates, fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals and are low in fat. Millets also have a low glycemic index, thus offering an ideal food opportunity in maintaining overall health in diabetic patients as well. In recent studies, it has been found that the regular introduction of millets into our diet can lower the risk of several chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, various lifestyle disorders, gut health issues, and several allergies. Millets help in reducing cholesterol levels and improving blood glucose control. Millets are also a good source of antioxidants, which can protect against oxidative stress and inflammation, hence helping in boosting immunity.

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