Do you know what happens when jowar, quinoa, chickpeas, whole oats, finger millet (ragi), soy, and urad dal meet? It forms a powerful ‘Super Grains’ league. Yes, much like the Marvel’s Avengers. While they defeat Thanos in his evil mission, the super grain league is doing quite the same i.e. trying to ensure people are free of deadly and ever-growing lifestyle conditions.
Let’s hit the rewind button and understand their history. Millets were originally seen as the grain that was not only widely celebrated but also widely consumed. However, its course, gritty texture, and mouthfeel of the grain made many fall out of love for them. So, in came the shiny new refined grains that promised quick cooking, amplified taste and flavour enhancement.
However, the coming together of essential parts resulted in this new favourite grain. Alas! It was also the end of nutrition and the millets. Forward to today, in a world battling all sorts of diseases, the super grains have been brought back to life.
Behold, here come the ‘villains’
Type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, plaque filled arteries, hyperlipidemia, obesity, are just some of the health villains in our life. They are rightly termed as lifestyle diseases because only the right lifestyle can prevent and control them.
Refined grains are at the centre of this storm. By removing the fiber and most of the B-vitamins, these shiny new grains and their flours have been well integrated in our day-to-day life. How, you ask? They usually digest super quickly, making you reach out for more. They also release sugar in the bloodstream way to quickly. So if you add them to processed foods, you’re sure to get addicted. Even worse, if you continue this for a few years, your body will start protesting in the form of these diseases.
Superhero Super Grains
Millets like jowar and ragi are a powerhouse of nutrients. Being a rich source of magnesium, millets can help lower blood sugar levels by stimulating the release of insulin.
They are rich in plant lignans, a sort of fiber which helps lower bad cholesterol levels. In addition to their magnesium levels, millets are a good package for lowering risk for heart diseases and plaque formation in the arteries. Even better, the fiber content in them aids better digestion.
Wait, that’s not all. Did you know, millets are also a good source of antioxidants like quercetin, ellagic acid and catechins. Together they can fight free radical damage and prevent inflammation. Interesting, right?
Quinoa on the other hand, is a good vegetarian source of protein as it contains 9 essential amino acids. Whereas, soy is an excellent source of plant protein and a good factor to reduce the incidence of certain type of cancers. Soy helps reduce the levels of cholesterol in your body by 2 ways; it is low in saturated fat and high in polyunsaturated fatty acids; and it directly helps lower cholesterol too. Thus, soy is also one of the powerful super grain.
Super Grains in daily life
There are some easy ways to incorporate these superheroes in our diet. Soy can be powdered and added as thickening agents instead of using corn flour. Quinoa can be used as a replacement of rice in batters. Chickpeas make for a great snack when boiled. Jowar and ragi can be powdered and added to wheat flour for extra nourishment.
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