Why Should You Consume Bajra And Makka During Winter? Know health Benefits

Bajra, a gluten-free grain, offers a myriad of health benefits. Its richness in dietary fiber promotes digestion, prevents constipation, and supports the growth of beneficial gut bacteria. On the other hand, makka, is widely cultivated crop is a substantial source of carbohydrates, providing essential energy to the body. 

According to divya Gopal, who is a Consultant Dietitian & Nutritionist at Motherhood Hospitals, Banashankari, Bangalore, "As the winter chill takes center stage, our dietary choices naturally gravitate towards heartier and more warming foods. Among the diverse range of grains at our disposal, bajra and makka emerge as standout choices"

Adding to the importance of choosing healthy alternatives during the winter season, shammi Agarwal, who is the director of Pansari Group, said, "Incorporating bajra and makka into your diet throughout the winter is not only beneficial, but it may also be delicious. It offers several benefits, such as maintaining your immune system and general well-being."

Benefits Of Bajra

Dr. rohini Patil, who is an MBBS & Nutritionist Founder Of Nutracy lifestyle said, "The fiber in bajra acts as a prebiotic, fostering the production of anti-inflammatory short-chain fatty acids in the colon. It is a potent source of antioxidants, particularly phenolic compounds, which shield the body from oxidative stress and inflammation."

Oxidative stress, stemming from an imbalance between reactive oxygen species (ROS) and the body's neutralizing capacity, is implicated in chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular issues. The mineral content of bajra, including iron, magnesium, and phosphorus, plays a vital role in blood formation, muscle contraction, and bone health. 

Bajra's low glycemic index aids in managing diabetes by preventing rapid spikes in blood sugar levels. This property ensures a steady and sustained energy source, enhancing glucose and insulin control. Moreover, bajra provides warmth and energy, making it particularly beneficial during cold weather" she added.

Health Quotient Of Makka

In this regard, Dietician divya Gopal listed the following:

Abundant in Dietary Fibre: Makka serves as an excellent source of dietary fiber, fostering a healthy digestive system. The fiber content facilitates regular bowel movements and solves common issues like constipation.

Nutrient-Dense Goodness

Winter often brings the challenge of nutrient deficiencies due to the scarcity of fresh produce. Thereby, Makka becomes an ideal choice as they are nutrient-dense grains.

Supporting the Gut Microbiome 

The fiber in Makka actively supports the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, fostering a balanced and resilient gut microbiota.

Enhancing blood circulation, promoting bone health, and providing support to the immune system.

Helps in digestion, assists in regulating blood sugar levels, and creates a sense of fullness

Richness in complex carbohydrates, Makka and Bajra ensure a prolonged release of energy

Supporting the body's overall health and immunity

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