Grain With Many Health Benefits - Rajgira Or Kingseed.
Rajgira a protein rich grain.
Rajgira or kingseed which is also known as amaranth is a grain with several nutritional properties. Though believed to be of Indian origin it is actually from America. As time passed this wonder grain migrated to India and became a popular grain especially in the northern parts of the country. In south it is still unknown as a grain. This grain is mostly eaten during fasting seasons like navrathra when people observe fasts for nine days during Durga pooja.
In comparison to rice and wheat rajgira is very rich in protein and amino acids. It has a high glycemic index but the starch present in it is easily digestible.
It is a very heart healthy grain. It contains soluble fibre and unsaturated fatty acids which helps to reduce blood cholesterol levels. Rajgira is also a very rich source of calcium like ragi and hence ideal for post menopausal women who are likely to develop osteoporosis. Besides, it is also a good source of iron, magnesium, and vitamin A, B and C. It also contains flavonoids and is gluten free and good for those who are sensitive to gluten and have complaints of irritable bowel syndrome. Gluten is a mixture of two proteins called gliatin and glutenin. Sensitive to gluten causes coeliac diseases in children. That is failure of small intestine to digest and absorb food. Gluten can also cause atrophy of internal cells like that of intestine which is wasting away of cells.
Rajgira is an excellent grain for diabetics for it helps to reduce hyperglycemia or elevated blood sugar. Since it contains bioactive compounds it is anti-allergic. The magnesium content present in it prevents constriction of arteries and blood vessels which is again beneficial for hypertensive and migraine headache patients. When consumed in sprouted form it's nutritive value increases. It can be steamed, baked or cooked as a cereal and it's flour can be used to make rotis or puris So next time when you think of fasting think of eating something healthy during those holy days rather than just killing your appetite with just carbohydrates.
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