1) Millet increases the nutritional density of your diet:
There are 9 types of millet – sorghum, pearl millet, finger millet, little millet, foxtail millet, barnyard millet, proso millet, Kodo millet, and brown yeard millet. While the nutrients of each millet are different, in general, millet has a much higher proportion of both macro-nutrients such as calcium, iron, protein, and vitamins as well as micro-nutrients such as essential minerals and anti-oxidants as compared to wheat and rice. Alternating between all these types of millet gives our body a complete nutritional package.
Millet is recommended for diabetes, for cancer, for cardiovascular problems, in pregnancy, and even for children. When in doubt about what to eat and what not to eat, eat millet!
2) Millet does not contain the toxins that you indirectly consume with wheat and rice:
The Green Revolution of the 1970s primarily focused on rapidly increasing wheat and rice production through the use of the Western industrial agricultural practice, which relies on heavy use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. These chemicals are slow poison for the consumer.
Also, most of the wheat and rice seed varieties in production today are hybrid, or High-yield varieties (HYV). HYVs are designed for maximum yield and profitability, but as they have not naturally evolved their molecular structure is not complete, and hence their nutrients cannot be easily absorbed.
Millet did not get the same level of focus during the industrialization of agriculture. Hence, millet production today still remains largely indigenous. India’s traditional agricultural practices were organic and natural. Hence, by consuming more millet than wheat and rice, you automatically reduce the levels of toxic by-products in your plate.
3) By consuming more millet, you ensure food security for future generations:
Wheat and rice agriculture follow monoculture or cultivating a single crop on a piece of land. Millet is grown in polyculture, where a small symbiotic ecosystem is created on the farm by planting together crops that benefit each other. The end result is such that all crops grow without any need for external pest control or fertilization, and do not rob the soil of its fertility. All parts of the plants are made use of. The seeds become grains for humans, the stalks become fodder for cattle and the leaves become manure for the soil.
Also, millet varieties are dryland crops. They can grow under rainfed conditions only without external irrigation. They can withstand high temperatures. With climate change and rising temperatures, many crops are likely to vanish. Millet will ensure food security in the coming years and prevent mass malnutrition.
Please consult the physician of your choice before starting this, or any, diet plan or exercise program