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Millets are group of highly nutritious cereal grains: Health Sutra

Hyderabad, Jul 21 (UNI) Millets, the ancient grains of India are a group of highly nutritious cereal grains that can grow in less fertile sails with very low inputs like fertilizers and pesticides.

This was quoted in its” Whit Paper”, released by Health Sutra at a symposium on “Innovation in ancient grains, to suit modern lifestyle” held here on Sunday.

The white paper said that the most of the popular Millets of India are Jowar (Sorghum) Bajra (Pearl Millet), Ragi (Finger," Millet) Variga (Proso Millet), Arikelu (Kodo Millet), Navane (Foxtail Millet), Saama (Little Millet) and Udalu (Barnyard Millet).

Millets offer the benefits of whole groin nutrition including high amounts of fiber, calcium, protein, antioxidants, trace vitamins and minerals and are often referred to as "Nutri-Cereals".

Millets were among the first plants that were domesticated and have served as a traditional staple crop for millions of farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia including India. Until 60 years ago, Millets were among the major grains grown in India. However, they have come to be looked down upon by modern urban consumers as "poor man's food" & "coarse grains" - something that their village ancestors may have lived on, but that they had left behind and exchanged for a more "refined" diet.
A dip in popularity of Millets has led to a high consumption of polished rice and refined wheat flour. This trend, coupled with sedentary lifestyles, has led to a rise in obesity and explosion of lifestyle diseases like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, across age groups.

Research and health studies have shown that consumption of Millets can help the modem world fight against multiple ailments and lifestyle diseases. Also, with the growing threat of global warming, Millets which are climate smart grains provide food security to the growing population of the world.

However, to introduce these ancient grains back into the mainstream, Millets need to be made available in fun, tasty and easy to cook product, that are convenient to use for the modern consumer to partially supplement or replace their daily needs with Millet based healthy alternatives. So making food products with our traditional grains - Millets that deliver convenience, taste, texture, color, and shelf-stability is needed.

Health Sutra is a pioneer in developing products from our traditional grains - Millets, in tasty formats suitable for modern lifestyle to keep consumers healthy. With expertise over the years, Health Sutra has crafted a range of revolutionary Millet products that are filled with goodness of Millets, 100 per cent Natural and are free of artificial ingredients, colors, flavors and preservatives available for consumers.

The product range includes Flakes, Maida free Biscuits, Idly Upma Rawas, Health Mix, Instant Ragi Buttermilk Mix and Diet Namkeens. By using these products, the modern consumer can easily reintroduce these healthy traditional grains into their diet without changing their eating habits.
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