Ragi is also known as finger millet is a gluten-free grain that is nutritionally rich and affordable. Ragi can be included in a diet for weight loss.
Ragi is a millet, which is also known as Finger Millet. Millets are coarse grains that contain high amounts of Proteins, Vitamins, Minerals and Fibres. Millets require little water and ground fertility. They are also known as “poor man’s food grain” because of their affordability. But in recent times due to growing awareness of millet nutrition, fitness enthusiasts have started to actively incorporate millets like Ragi in their diet. Many fitness experts recommend Ragi for weight loss, as well.
It is primarily grown and consumed in Asian and African countries. In India, it is majorly cultivated and consumed in Karnataka. Ragi does not need much processing. This helps in retaining the nutritional value of Ragi.
Before we get to learn how to use Ragi for weight loss, let’s see its nutritional content in more detail.
Ragi Nutrition and Health Benefits
Ragi contains 10 gm Protein, 4.2 gm Fat, 3.5 gm Dietary Fibre and 75.1 gm Carbohydrates. It contains Iron, Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Vitamin B1, B3, B5, and B6 in rich amounts. It aids digestion, improves heart health and helps control blood sugar, as well. Ragi has a low glycemic index, meaning it has a lower amount of simple sugars and a higher amount of complex carbohydrates, which take a longer time to digest. This is why Ragi can help control blood sugar.
It is gluten-free, as well. Being gluten-free is one of the reasons why Ragi is good for weight loss- since gluten is one of the major factors in weight gain. Consuming gluten-free meals can help reduce weight.
Now let’s see how you can use Ragi for weight loss.
Ragi for weight loss
Ragi can be used as an alternative of Rice and Wheat in your meals. If you want to lose weight then you can consume Ragi roti in place of Wheat roti. You can also make Ragi parathas. Ragi can also be used to make dosa. Ragi dosa is very popular in South India, especially Karnataka. The easiest way to use Ragi for weight loss is to make Ragi malt. Ragi malt or Ragi porridge is a healthy and easy recipe to try. Just make sure to avail the maximum benefits you use of organically farmed Ragi which is devoid of all harmful chemicals. If you do not know where to find it, go for 24 Mantra’s 100% Organic Ragi Flour.