Little Millet (Samai) - Health Benefits
Little millet has been in cultivation in India since Indus Valley Civilization, which dates to around 2600 BC. Archaeologists have unearthed from sites of excavation in the ancient city of Harappa, grains of Little millets stored in the said era.
In many parts of India, Little millet goes as a natural 'Millet substitute' to rice due to its neutral flavor and taste. And it does provide a sumptuous meal along with curries and dishes that usually accompany rice. Like Kodo, Little millet too is consumed as a fasting day alternative to major grains and pulses. The crop also finds its use in a variety of other purposes. The grass serves as a cattle feed and its straws in construction mix with cement.
As Cereal for consumption, Little millet provides 67g of Carbohydrates, 4.7g of Fat, 7.6g of Fiber, 9.3mg of Iron, 220 mg of Phosphorous, 3.2mg of Niacin, 9mg of Folic Acid, 0.09 mg of Riboflavin and fair amounts of Protein and Minerals.
With nearly 20% of Daily Value of Vitamin B3, Little millet contributes to the reduction of high cholesterol in the blood and a better cardiovascular health. It also has a moderate amount of dietary fiber making it suitable for consumption among people of all age groups. One could say that Little millet is a well-balanced food with adequate vital nutrients.