Ragi has always been known as a highly nutritious foodgrain, rich in calcium. You might notice the power of ragi when you visit the Maharashtrian countryside. Known colloquially as 'nachni', a staple diet of these 'naachni bhaakris' and 'pitla' has been the main reason behind generations of lean yet robust kids.
Finger millet is the English equivalent of ragi. Also, predominantly, used in South India, it is also a rich source of protein, fiber, iron and other minerals.
It is more nutritious than other cereals and has a host of health benefits.
Ragi is very high on fiber. Hence, it digests slowly, keeping you full for a longer time and helps you avoid excessive food consumption. This helps you shed kilos and keeps you fit.
The high fiber in ragi helps to clear bowels smoothly everyday and prevents constipation.
Due to its slow digestion rate, ragi helps lower blood sugar levels. Hence, diabetics can enjoy ragi rotis/pancakes without the fear of affecting their sugar levels.
Ragi is very rich in calcium. It can be easily substituted for milk (in case of lactose intolerance) to get your daily calcium dose. You can also have ragi flour kanji as a great source of calcium. Ragi porridge can be given to growing children for bone development and to elders to avoid osteoporosis.
Ragi is free of gluten which is found in wheat and its products. Hence ragi can be easily taken by gluten sensitive people.
Highly fibrous, ragi helps control and lower bad cholesterol levels.
Ragi is also rich in iron and hence can be beneficial for people with anemia.
Ragi mixed with milk works wonders for infants. For the elder kids, naachni khakrashighlight the health-conscious man's snack section during tea breaks. There is a huge list of South Indian dishes which feature several ragi permutations and combinations (eg. ragi idlis, ragi dosas, ragi rasam,etc.)
All in all, in the company of ragi, you have no choice but to stay healthy!