Botanical Name: Eleusine coracana
Tamil Name: கேழ்வரகு – Kezhvaragu
Hindi Name: रागी – raageeragi grain
Malayalam Name: രാഗി – rāgi
Telugu Name: రాగి – Rāgi
About Finger Millets or ragi:
Finger Millet, also known as Ragi, is grown in drier parts of the world – mainly in Asia and Africa. Ragi has a different taste and is widely used in Southern Indian and Ethiopian dishes.
Ragi grain is a rich source of Calcium, Iron, Protein, Fiber, and other minerals. The cereal has low-fat content and contains unsaturated fat.
Finger millet contains important amino acids viz., isoleucine, leucine, methionine, and phenylalanine which are not present in other starchy meals.
The main protein fraction is Eleusinian, which has a high biological value, meaning that it is easily incorporated into the body. There is also a high amount of tryptophan, cysteine, methionine, and total aromatic amino acids
Finger millets are a rich source of dietary fibers also when compared to our normal rice and wheat, the millets contain a high amount of fiber. Ragi grain helps to aid easy digestion and thus lowers the blood sugar levels in our body. Moreover, the low-glycemic index in the millets makes you free from cholesterol.
Finger millets are rich in calcium which in turn helps to improve bone health. If you’re weak in calcium then opt for this option. You can give this nutritious food to both children and aged people as they will be low in calcium. It offers good strength and cooling effects for the body. Regular consumption of finger millets can help you in various ways.
Finger millets are completely packed with minerals, vitamins and other essential nutrients so definitely it would help for cutting down the excessive fat and cholesterol level from the body. Ragi grain gradually reduces the plaque formation and blockages of blood so from here it has been proven that finger millets prevent us from heart attacks and ailments
Helps in weight loss
Regular intake of fiber content can make your stomach full and it would not insist to eat snacks or other meals often. Obviously, it lowers blood sugar levels by increasing insulin levels. Take finger millets every morning and notice the differences within a few days in your weight.