Health benefits of jowar
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Jowar is rated among the top five healthy grains in the world. Jowar also known as sorghum in English has lately become the ‘new quinoa’ due to its gluten free property and the innumerable health benefits that it provides.

 

Earlier jowar was used in food made for animals but now people have started incorporating it in their diet due to its incredible health benefits. Here we bring to you a long list of benefits that jowar provides:
 
Improves digestion
 
Jowar contains a good amount of fibre, around 48 per cent of what is required by our body on daily basis. Fibre adds bulk to the stool and thus helps it pass smoothly through the digestive tract. As jowar helps in digestion it prevents problems like gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhoea.
 
It fights against free radicals
 
Jowar (sorghum) has a layer which contains anti-cancer properties and also fights the free radicals which are responsible for pre-mature ageing.
 
Boosts immunity
 
Jowar contains magnesium, copper and calcium which helps in making bone and tissues strong. Jowar also contains iron which helps to increase the red blood cells. All this in turn improves our immunity.
 
Improves heart health
 
As we have already mentioned jowar is rich in fibre, it helps to lower the LDL (bad cholesterol) and in turn reduces the chance of heart diseases including stroke.
 
It is gluten free
 
Gluten is found in wheat and barley-based foods. Gluten can cause digestive problems in people who have gluten intolerance. So jowar being a gluten free food can be an excellent alternative for the ones suffering from gluten intolerance. Gluten intolerance can cause digestive problems like bloating, pain, cramps etc.
 

 

Rich source of protein
 
One cup of jowar contains 22 grams of protein. Protein not only gives energy to your body but it also helps in regeneration of cells.
 
Controls blood sugar level
 
Being a complex carbohydrate, jowar gets digested slowly and thus promotes gradual rise in blood sugar. This is why it is a great choice for people who suffer from diabetes and for the ones those who want to lose weight.
 
How to include it in your daily diet
 
- Roti: The easiest way to incorporate jowar in your daily diet is through rotis. You can make multi grain flour by mixing 50 per cent jowar and 50 per cent of whole wheat, bajra, ragi and soya.
 
- Idli/dosa: Jowar can also be added to the rice batter prepared for making idli and dosa. You can add jowar to the rice batter in the ratio of 2:1 (jowar and rice respectively).
 

 
 


 
 


 
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