Millet is a plant that is similar to grass,whose seeds can be eaten. They are widely grown around the world as cereal crops or grains. They are tiny in size and round in shape and can be white, gray, yellow or red in color. It is a grain whose consistency differ depending upon cooking method. Millets can be creamy like mashed potatoes or fluffy like rice. There are many types of millets like pearl millet (Bajra), finger millet (Ragi, Machani, Mundua, Mandua), proso millet (Barri or Chena), foxtail millet (Kangni, Kakum), Sorghum (Jowar), Barnyard millet (Jhangora), Kodo millet (Kodra or Kodon) and Little Millet (Kutki). They are available throughout the year. It is thought to have originated in North Africa, specifically in Ethiopia. It is widely consumed in Asia as well.
Millets are normally available in its hulled and whole-grain form. They are available packaged as well as in bulk. Whether buying millets in bulk or in a packaged form, always make sure that there is no evidence of moisture.
Millets contain goitrogens. It is a substance that suppress thyroid activity and can lead to goiter. Goiter may causes dry skin, anxiety and depression.(3)
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