Barnyard Millet (Kuthiraivali) - Health Benefits
Barnyard millet is a cereal crop cultivated in India, Pakistan, and Nepal. In India, during religious fasting, the millet is treated as a substitute for rice, wheat and other grains and pulses. Hence it popularly carries the tag, "The rice for fasting (Vrat ka Chawal)."
Barnyard millet provides a fair amount of Protein, Carbohydrates and Fat. It also contains 3.7g of Minerals, a sumptuous 13.6g of Fiber, 280g of Phosphorous, 18.6mg of Iron and 4.2mg of Niacin. Barnyard millet, which provides around 25% daily value of Vitamin B3, helps in reducing high blood cholesterol and anemia and thereby contributing to better cardiovascular health. It also provides a considerable measure of Phosphorus, which aids in strengthening of bones and teeth.
Although Barnyard millet has a host of vital nutrients in moderate to adequate quantity what is special about the Millet is it provides ample amount of dietary fiber, nearly 50% of Daily Value of Fiber required by the body. Adequate fiber makes the process of bowel cleansing easier. As dietary fibers can hold up to eight times water than their mass, they bulk up the stool and aids in smooth excretion. So Barnyard millet can help people suffering from constipation, also those who lack sufficient fiber in their diet, to enjoy a wholesome food rich in vital nutrients without worrying about how their gut would treat it.