Foxtail Millet – A New Addition to the Gluten Free Family
Foxtail Millet – A New Addition to the Gluten Free Family: Navane or Foxtail millet is an upcoming gluten free grain. It is one of the oldest cultivated millet. Prolamin is a major storage protein in Foxtail millet, (Prolamins are a group of plant storage proteins characterised by a high glutamine and proline content). Foxtail millet is a rich source of iron and is readily available in most regions.
Nutritional value of 1 cup boiled foxtail millets
With the ever increasing rise in gluten intolerance, foxtail millet is a best alternative for the celiac patients. A gluten free diet is inherently good for the body health, since it promotes digestion, increases energy levels and helps in emending the cholesterol levels. foxtail millets being gluten free, means that you can build up a strong resistance against heart diseases, cancers and heart-related complications.
High in Anti-Oxidants
The millets family has a long history of possessing phenols in them, in varying amount. Foxtail millets, hence, is not an exception. It contains a fair amount of phenolic, which is a strong antioxidant, used to get rid of the toxins that go rampant inside the body.
Controls Blood Sugar Levels
Foxtail with low glycemic index (GI) is known to result in lower post-prandial glucose response in patients with non insulin dependent diabetes mellitus. Replacing white rice with foxtail millet helps maintain blood glucose levels. foxtail millets are known to increase the HDL (High Density Lipoproteins), which significantly lowers the level of blood sugar
Reduces Cardiovascular Diseases
Foxtail is a rich source of magnesium, that is an essential mineral for decreasing blood pressure level and also the chance of heart attacks of strokes, especially in the case of atherosclerosis. It is excellent method of obtaining potassium that additionally will keep blood pressure level low by serving as a vasodilator.
According to research published by University of Agricultural Sciences Daily intake of 80 gm of foxtail millet consumed by diabetic patients lowered the HbA1c (19.14%), fasting glucose (13.5 %), and homocysteine (0.85 %) concentrations and increased the insulin (1-9%) in their blood. Reduction was also noticed in the plasma lipid parameters viz, total cholesterol concentrations by 13.25 percent, triglyceride concentrations by 13.51 percent, and very-low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) concentrations by 4.5 percent in the patients with type 2 diabetes. Whereas the concentration of high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) increased by 17.39 percent.
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