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During COVID-19 times, it helps to consume Millets


srikanth   November 24, 2021   06:14 AM

Millets help boost Immunity, which could help You ward off the Virus.

In every halli, millets used to be the staple food in olden days. And perhaps the secret of good health of our sturdy forefathers. Millets are known to be a good source of protein, high dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and micronutrients. These go a long way in boosting one’s immunity. Making millets a part of your daily diet could keep you healthy and give you a better chance of emerging from the pandemic unscathed. Grains like jowar, ragi, navane, bajra, harka and other millets lend themselves to a variety of food preparations, including healthy, low-calorie snacks. Turn to the super food in these trying times and choose a healthy lifestyle.


WHO recommends Nutrient-rich foods

The immune system requires the support of many nutrients. It is recommended to consume a variety of foods for a healthy and balanced diet, including whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts and animal source foods. There is no single food that will prevent you from catching COVID-19, whereas a balanced diet can help overcome it.

Micronutrients work powerfully

While there is currently no guidance on micronutrient supplementation for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19, it is understood that micronutrients are critical for a well-functioning immune system. Wherever possible, micronutrient intakes should come from a nutritionally balanced and diverse diet, including fruits, vegetables and animal source foods.

Highly nutritious millets can potentially be a solution for India’s chronic disease burden as they are gluten-free, high in dietary fibre and micronutrients such as calcium, iron and phosphorus. A 100-gram (3+1⁄2-ounce) reference serving of raw millet (Panicum miliaceum or proso millet) provides 1,580 kilojoules (378 kilocalories) of food energy and is a rich source (20% or more of the Daily Value, DV) of protein, dietary fiber, several B vitamins and numerous dietary minerals, especially manganese at 76% DV (USDA nutrient table). Raw millet is 9% water, 73% carbohydrates, 4% fat and 11% protein. Millets contain 7-12% protein, 2-5% fat, 65-75% carbohydrates and 15-20% dietary fibre. The essential amino acid profile of the millet protein is better than various cereals such as maize.

Research bats for immunity

“Millets perform different functions in our body to boost up immune response towards pathogens”

“Phytonutrients that are primarily available in fruits, nuts, vegetables, and whole grains such as millets enhance both native and adaptive immune function and prevent immune function and prevent infection among others.”

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