A Millet with ancient roots : Also known as Kangni, thinai, rala, kankum etc., foxtail millet is one of the world’s oldest cultivated crops. In South India, it has been a staple diet among people for a long time. It is commonly associated with Lord Murugan and is referred to often in Tamil Sangam Literature.
Several Health Benefits : Gluten free, low in Glycemix Index, rich in iron and dietary fiber, foxtail millet is considered beneficial for people suffering from lifestyle diseases. High-fiber, low-GI foods like foxtail millet keep blood sugar steady, lower cholesterol, and help in losing weight. Various Studies has also concluded that people who consume foxtail millet in their diet have a lower probability of suffering from diabetes.
Due to the immense nutritional value & health benefits and fewer input requirements to cultivate millets them (when compared to wheat and rice), millets and ancient grains including foxtail millets are making a comeback. To focus more on their cultivation and consumption, the United Nations has declared the Year 2023 as ‘the International year of Millets’.