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Benefits of Millet Cookies:

Understandably, the staple for most of our ancestors was Millets and it was
probably after the green revolution we ditched these Miracle grains in favor Rice,
wheat, obesity, diabetes and malnutrition. Lets look at some of the benefits of
Millets over Rice and Wheat.

Ragi / Finger
Millet (Hindi: Mandua; Tamil: Kelvargu; Telugu: Ragulu; Kannada:Ragi;
Malayalam: Koovarugu)
Ragi Millets are:
Rich in minerals, carbohydrates and resistant starch. 1.
Best food for diabetes. 2.
Lower fat and helps in reducing obesity. 3.
Good laxative for people suffering from constipation. 4.
Ragi contains nearly 4.5 times minerals and nearly 18 times fiber
and nearly 7.5 times calcium than Rice.
Ragi contains nearly 1.8 times minerals and nearly 3 times fiber
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and 8.4 times calcium than Wheat.
Ragi contains same amount of carbohydrates than Wheat and lesser than
Rice and has abundant Thiamin (Vitamin B1) which is not present in Rice
and Wheat.
Ragi contains the maximum amount of Calcium among the Millets.

Pearl Millet (Hindi: Bajra, Tamil: Kambu, Telugu: Gantilu, Kannada: Sajje)
Bajra / Kambu is full of vitamins, minerals and amino acids 1.
The whole grain supports weight loss. 2.
The grain is easily digestible and has the lowest probability of causing
allergic reactions.
3.
Being rich in fiber content, kambu works very well in diabetes. 4.
Bajra contains nearly 3.8 times minerals and nearly 6.5 times
fiber and nearly 24 times Iron than Rice.
Bajra contains nearly 5.2 times fiber and nearly 3 times Iron than
Wheat.
Bajra contains the maximum amount of IRON content among the
millets.
Oats Cookies (with Palm Sugar and no sugar)
Oats lowers bad cholesterol. 1.
Oats helps control blood pressure. 2.
Oats improve immune system defences. 3.
Oats may help reduce the risk of diabetes. 4.
Oats contains maximum amount of digestive fibre among Millets.
Oats contains nearly 2.4 times protein, 50 times digestive fibre,
less carbohydrates and nearly 7 times Iron than Rice.
Oats contains nearly 1.5 times protein, ~9 times digestive fibre,
less carbohydrates and equal amount of Iron than Wheat.
Kodo Millet (Hindi: Kodra; Tamil: Varagu; Telugu: Arikelu;
Kannada: Harka)
Kodo Millet / Varagu / Harka is full of fiber and essential minerals. 1.
It reduces glycemic index and malnutrition. 2.
It is good for your joints and contributes to better complexion. 3.
Kodra / Harka / Varagu contains nearly 1.22 times proteins, 4.33
times minerals and nearly 45 times fiber than Rice.
Kodra / Harka / Varagu contains nearly 1.73 times minerals and
nearly 8.1 times fiber than Wheat.
Kodra / Harka / Varagu contains lesser amount of carbohydrates than
Wheat and rice and has abundant quantities of Thiamin (Vitamin B1) which
is not present in Rice and Wheat.
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Little Millet (Hindi: Kutki; Tamil: Samai; Telugu: Sama; Kannada: Same;
Malayalam: Chama)
Chama / Samai is rich in phyto-chemicals and it has excellent antioxidant
properties.
1.
Its Dietary fiber protects against hyperglycemia. 2.
It reduces cholesterol and helps to digestion. 3.
Kutki / Samai / Chama contains nearly 2.5 times minerals and
nearly 38 times fiber and nearly 13 times Iron than Rice.
Kutki / Samai / Chama contains nearly 6.3 times fiber and nearly
1.8 times Iron than Wheat.
Kutki / Samai / Chama contains lesser amount of carbohydrates than
Wheat and rice and has abundant quantities of Thiamin (Vitamin B1) which
is not present in Rice and Wheat.
Barnyard Millet (Hindi: Jhangora, Sanwa; Tamil: Kuthiravaali;
Telugu: Odalu, Kodisama; Kannada: Oodalu)
Barnyard millets are
Rich in minerals and acts as antioxidant 1.
Rich sources of dietary fiber 2.
Lowers Glycemic response (Read about Glycemic response and Diabetes
here.)
3.
Protection from duodenal ulcers and colorectal cancers. 4.
Barnyard /Kuthiraivali / Oodalu contains nearly 7 times minerals
and nearly 50 times fiber and nearly 21 times Iron than Rice.
Barnyard / kuthiraivali / Oodalu contains nearly 3 times minerals
and nearly 8 times fiber and nearly 3 times Iron than Wheat.
Barnyard contains lesser carbohydrates than Wheat and Rice and has
abundant Thiamin (Vitamin B1) which is not present in Rice and Wheat.
Organic Palm sugar Cookies (Low GI Cookies)
Goodness of palm sugar
Palm sugar contains Thiamine, Riboflavin, Nicotinic Acid, Ascorbic Acid,
Protein, and Vitamin C.
1.
It has less sugar content 2.
It is good remedy for cough and cold 3.
It helps in reduction of BP, decreases pancreas heat, strengthens heart and
helps to build up strong teeth.
4.
Nature has not endowed all the strengths in one grain but has distributed them
across. The objective of this article is not say avoid Rice or wheat but to request
you to think about the nutritious alternatives that are available at a cheaper cost,
that supports small farmers and can withstand climate change risks.
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The objective should be to eat a more balanced diet with considerable portion of
millets in our daily meal.
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