#WellnessWednesday Know your Bajra aka Pearl Millets

Bajra also known as pearl millet, is a gluten-free grain that was underrated till recently.
Bajra is nutritionally loaded gluten free Indian grain that proves to have lots of health benefits…
Nutritional Values :
Per 100 Grams of Bajra have Energy: 361 Kcal, Carbohydrates: 67gms, Protein: 12gms, Fat: 5gms, Minerals 2gm, Fibre: 1gm, Calcium 42gms, Phosphorus: 296 gms, Iron: 8mg
Health Benefits:
Being a complex carbs, bajra is absorbed slowly from our digestive tract, leading to greater satiety while ensuring a continuous flow of energy. This helps prevent overeating and in-between meal bingeing.
It’s a gluten-free grain, even people with celiac disease can have it
Bajra contains phytic acid, tannins and phenols, all potent antioxidants which help in preventing ageing and metabolic diseases like heart disease, stroke and cancer.
It also contains catechins like quercetin that help keep the kidney and liver functioning properly by excreting the toxins from the body.
Bajra is rich in magnesium, which helps keep the heart healthy. It has potassium, which dilates blood vessels, allowing blood to flow more easily. This helps reduce overall blood pressure. Bajra also has fibre that helps reduce LDL, or bad, cholestrol.
Magnesium helps control the glucose receptors in the body and keep diabetes at bay.
Bajra provides modest amounts of iron and phosphorus. Iron is a very important nutrient for cognitive thinking, memory and also for energy.
It is loaded with insoluble fibre that provides bulk to the stool and keeps constipation, a common digestive problem, at bay.
For Yummy recipe made with Bajra / Pearl Millet; check this space on Sunday!