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Health Benefits of Sorghum/Solam:

A healthy alternative to the all-purpose flour is Jowar or Sorghum. Rich, Bitter-y and fibrous in texture, this millet is grown abundantly across India.

Our obsession with all-purpose flour or Maida is often a cause for concern amongst health experts across the country. No doubt that piping hot maida pooris and bhaturas are delicious and decadent, but the truth is that the consequences of loading up on maida may outnumber its benefits. Maida is processed, refined and bleached wheat flour and has been associated with many health woes including weight gain and constipation. Luckily, there are some healthy, and equally tasty, grains out there we could look at as alternatives to maida. One such millet that is a healthy alternative to the all-purpose flour is Jowar or Sorghum. Rich, Bitter-y and fibrous in texture, this millet is grown abundantly across India but often loses out owing to the wheat fixation that runs in our country. Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Health Practitioner Shilpa Arora says, “rich in protein iron and copper, this gluten free grain has been known to play a crucial role in cellular function and repair.The rich quantity of potassium and phosphorous helps lower cholesterol and manage high blood pressure. Most importantly, the grain is incredibly rich in fibre and hence should be part of your daily diet.”

1. High of fibre

All millets are high in fibre, and jowar is no different. It can help facilitate your digestion, manage obesity, regulate blood sugar levels and curb the risk of high blood pressure and strokes. It is said that a single serving of jowar contains more than 12 grams. It makes for one of the best millets for diabetics.

2. Helps weight loss

The high fibre content in Jowar can help you shed a pound or two too. According to Dr. Anju, “Fibre takes the longest time to digest, which helps induce a feeling of being full for a longer spell. This prevents you from bingeing into other fattening foods, thereby saving you quite a few unwanted calories.” Moreover, fibre stimulates your digestive system, which help you stay an optimal weight.

3. Rich source of protein

A cup of jowar has a whopping 22 grams of protein. Protein helps build muscles, cell regeneration, and induce a feeling of satiety- which can further help in your weight reduction diet. If you are looking to lose weight, add jowar instead of wheat in your diet and see it work wonders on your health and weight.

4. Packed with essential Minerals and Vitamins

Jowar is a powerhouse of essential vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. It is loaded with good amounts of calcium, copper, zinc, phosphorous, potassium and cell-building B vitamins. The presence of these essential nutrients help keep the body healthy and keep all the ailments at bay.

5. Good for Diabetics

Dr. Anju says that Jowar is one of the best flours for those with a diabetic condition as it is a complex carbohydrate source. She says, “A diabetic needs to be very careful of his/her carb intake. Simple carbs are loaded in sugar which upon ingestion can trigger abnormal sugar spikes. But that doesn’t mean they need to rule out carbs completely. Carbohydrates are one of the three macronutrients which are essential for sustenance and good health. They should maximize on complex carbs and try to eliminate as many sources of simple carbs as possible. Jowar, a complex carbohydrate, is digested slowly, prompting a more gradual rise in blood sugar.”

6. It is Gluten-free

For those who are suffering from gluten intolerance, gluten allergies or are diagnosed with celiac disease, Jowar makes for a brilliant wheat alternative. Gluten refers to a mixture of proteins found in wheat, rye, oats and barley, it may cause digestive problems such as bloating, pain and stomach cramps for those who are allergic to this protein. Jowar, a gluten-free whole grain, is considered an excellent alternative for people who suffer from gluten intolerance’, the nutritional benefits are an added bonus.

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