Updated: Aug 15, 2021
Finger Millet in Hindi is called ‘Ragi’. Finger Millet, also known as African Millet or Ragi, is a mixed grain flour produced from the hardy finger millet (Eleusine Coracana) cereal that is grown in arid and elevated areas in African and Asia. It is high in protein and minerals. It is used as an alternative for wheat and other grains. It is used to make bread and cereal.
1. LOW IN FATS AND CALORIES
Finger Millet is healthy and low in fats and calories which can help people lose weight. The fat and calorie content is less than what is present in wheat.
2. RICH IN CALCIUM
Finger Millet is rich in calcium which is good for the bones. It has been found to have 5-30 times the calcium content than the other cereals.
3. RICH IN PROTEIN
It is richer in protein than the other cereals. It has been found that the protein level of finger millet is comparable to that in rice and is healthier.
4. IT CONTROLS DIABETES
The increase in the number of diabetic patients has led to people craving for food that is healthy and controls their diabetes. Finger Millet is one of them which helps control diabetes as it controls blood glucose levels.
5. IT KEEPS YOU YOUNG
Finger Millet inhibits cross-linking collagen, Collagen cross-linking is the process by which cross-links form between or within collagen molecules in tendons, skin, and even blood vessels takes place. Collagen is what gives tissues their elasticity, and cross-linking reduces this ability, leading to the stiffness commonly associated with age. So yes, finger millet helps you in staying young.
6. IT REDUCES BAD CHOLESTEROL
Finger Millet inhibits LPD (Low Density Lipoprotein) which is a bad cholesterol and is troublesome when oxidized. This causes inflammation of the arteries, leading to heart attacks.
7. IT HAS ANTI-CANCER POTENTIAL
Finger Millet is rich in antioxidants and fiber content. Proper intake of fiber has also been linked to a decreased risk of colon cancer. Antioxidants prevent excessive oxidation, which could cause cancer or ageing because of cell damage.
8. GOOD FOR PEOPLE ALLERGIC TO GLUTEN
There are many people allergic to wheat. Finger Millet is safe for people suffering from gluten allergy and celiac disease. It doesn’t form acid and is easy to digest.
Hence, it is healthy to consume Finger Millet (Ragi). There are many dishes that can be made using Finger Millet that are Ragi Malt, Ragi Ladoo, Ragi Halwa, Ragi Pakoda and Ragi Dosa etc.