8 Amazing Health Benefits of Ragi: A super food

health benefits of Ragi

You must have heard about the health benefits of Ragi from elders. Ragi, an ultimate superfood is also known as finger millet or nachni. In many parts of South India, ragi is a common staple food item.

Since ancient times, Ragi has been overshadowed by other cereal crops such as rice and wheat in India’s food and nutrition landscape despite being a highly prized healthy grain in ancient agricultural systems dating back over 2000 years. Fortunately, Ragi has made a huge comeback in the last three to four decades because of the extensive research and the UN FAO’s push to include millets in the daily diet to combat malnutrition and a variety of other prevalent diseases. 

Since Ragi is high in protein, calcium, iron and amino acids, it is a “Super food”. It is the most commonly used millet for making porridges for babies and infants. Let’s take a closer look at the health benefits of Ragi.

Health benefits of Ragi:

The benefits of Ragi for health are highlighted below:

1. Great source of protein and fiber: 

100 grams of Whole Ragi Flour gives 7.29 grams of protein and 16.56 grams of fiber. That is why, it serves as an excellent source of protein for vegetarians. Due to its high fiber content, it prevents overeating and keeps you full for a longer time, which aids in weight loss. The insoluble fiber present in Ragi helps in easy movement of foods in the stomach and adds water into the stool, hence aiding easy digestion and relieving constipation. (Foods for constipation in kids)

2. Calcium rich – promotes healthy bones and teeth:

When compared to other grains, ragi flour is one of the greatest non-dairy calcium sources. Calcium is essential for building strong bones and teeth, as well as for the prevention of a bone-weakening condition called osteoporosis. The sprouting process can increase the calcium content in Ragi by 20 percent. In addition, sprouting reduces the anti-nutritional factors and helps in better absorption of calcium. Hence, nothing beats Ragi when it comes to promoting bone growth in children and adults. (Benefits of calcium in kids)

3. Improves Red blood cells production – PreventS Anemia:

Naturally rich in iron, ragi benefits those with low hemoglobin levels. Also,the vitamin B1 in it helps in the synthesis of red blood cells and generates ATP, which is used by our bodies for energy. Ragi, when sprouted, has significant levels of vitamin C, which improves iron absorption. (Foods rich in iron)

4. Adds great benefit for diabetes:

It is the major benefit of ragi for health. Its higher fibre content lessens the cravings for food. When compared to wheat flour, ragi flour produces a far lower spike in sugar levels. Moreover, ragi is high in magnesium, which helps to improve insulin sensitivity by reducing insulin resistance. When our magnesium levels are too low, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to keep our blood sugar under control.

5. gluten-free:

Ragi is a must-have for anyone on a gluten-free diet or suffering from celiac disease. For chapatis, dosas and some sweets, ragi can readily replace wheat because it is gluten-free. (A guide to a Gluten free diet for kids)

6. Rich in Antioxidants:

Other health benefits of ragi include its antioxidant property. Ragi is rich in antioxidants which prevents oxidation and fights against infections. Also, being a  rich source of amino acids, it aids the body’s natural ability to relax.You can efficiently combat depression, headaches and insomnia, as well as anxiety and stress, by consuming ragi. (Why do we need antioxidants)

7. great pick for the little ones and new moms:

The health benefits of ragi makes it a great choice for infants and new moms. As well as aiding with their digestion, it also strengthens their bones and promotes their overall growth. Ragi is great for stimulating milk production and balancing hormonal processes in pregnant women and young moms due to its high iron and calcium content.

8. Promotes healthy skin:

Ragi is a miracle worker when it comes to keeping youthful skin. As a result of the essential amino acids Methionine and Lysine and vitamins such as Vitamin B3, the skin tissues are less susceptible to wrinkles and aging.

Nutritional information for 100 grams of Ragi flour:

100 grams of Ragi flour gives 385 calories. Below is the nutritional information for 100 grams of ragi flour. 

Health Benefits Of Ragi
Health Benefits Of Ragi

Can ragi be given to your babies?

Because of the benefits of ragi for health, it is the best weaning food for babies after the age of six months. To be clear, it should not be your baby’s first food. Steamed and mashed veggies such as potatoes, apples, etc. should be the first thing on your menu to get started. You can make Ragi malt at home and it is ideal for your child.

How to get the benefits of ragi malt for your baby at home?

The benefits of ragi malt has created interest for a lot of parents in learning how to make ragi malt at home. You can prepare ragi malt for babies in one of two ways. 

  • Traditionally, ragi grains are milked and dried before being ground into a thin powder. This method is time-consuming and tedious.
  • The alternative option is to powder the whole ragi. It is always a good idea to sprout the ragi and prepare a malt. Iron, calcium, vitamins, and minerals are all more abundant in sprouted ragi malt. Soaking and sprouting the ragi grains breaks down the complex proteins into simpler amino acids and lowers the fat level. It’s easier for babies to digest this way. (Soaking and Sprouting- Health benefits)

How much is too much for your baby?

Always start your kid on a smaller bit of new food and increase the amount over three days. It’s safe to feed your infant ragi, as long as the baby hasn’t experienced any adverse reactions, such as loose stools or gastrointestinal discomfort. Do not compel the infant to eat the entire bowl; let him make his own decisions.

Ragi Recipes: Best way to get the benefits of ragi flour 

Here are some of the tasty and healthy recipes for your baby:

  • RAGI PORRIDGE RECIPE: 
ragi porridge recipe
health benefits of Ragi
  • RAGI BANANA PANCAKE RECIPE:
Ragi Banana Pancake Recipe
  • RECIPE OF CAKE WITH RAGI FLOUR:
cake with Ragi flour
cake with Ragi flour

There are several health benefits of ragi flour, and it can be consumed by people of any age. Because it has all of the key elements including fibers, proteins, iron and calcium and is gluten-free. It is suitable for those who have specific cereal or gluten allergies to consume.

As with any other food, ragi should be consumed in moderation to avoid any negative effects on the body.

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Cookies Recipe with Ragi Flour

Cookies recipe with ragi flour and with hidden herbs and nuts

Kids love to eat cookies. Cookies recipe with ragi flour helps to add nutrition to their favourite foods in a convenient way. Kid’s Nutrition is very important nowadays and preparing healthy food recipes for a child is not an easy task. Iyurved is happy to share lots of children’s food recipe ideas which are not only innovative but also very tasty. The recipes shared here are Kids approved!

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups ragi (finger millet) flour
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • single pinch cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup khaand/ jaggery powder
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 3 tbsp Iyurved 5 herbs and 7 nuts chocolate spread (order here)

Procedure

Take ragi flour, cardamom powder, cinnamon powder, salt and baking powder. Put Khaand (a sweetening agent and healthy substitute of sugar), oil /butter, Iyurved 5 herbs and 7 nuts chocolate spread (order here) and mix well using a wire whisk. When the mixture is well combined, start adding nut milk to the dough to bring it all together. You would need 3-4 tablespoons of milk to bring the dough together. Cover it and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Make round balls and flatten them in your palms. Pre-heat the oven for 5-7 minutes. Take a flat dish, put butter paper on it. No need to grease it. Place the biscuit roundels and bake for 10 minutes at 180 degree Celsius.

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  • Improves muscle strength and body weight with high protein (6g protein in 1 serving)
  • Strengthens bones and improves height being rich in calcium
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  • Increases breast milk supply for lactating moms also provides folic acid for baby development

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BONE DEVELOPMENT

The bone development is a complex process. Bone development starts 6 months before the birth in the fetus and this process actually never really completes. Bone is living tissue made up of protein, calcium, other minerals and water. Bones tissue constantly renews itself by breaking down and replacing with new ones. So, it is really important to take care of bone development in childhood as this can help your child to get stronger bones for lifetime. During childhood bones grow rapidly. Bone growth is supported by a well balanced diet and healthy living environment. One of the most important minerals in our body is CALCIUM. Bones are 70% calcium and it is only calcium which gives bones their hardness for protection and support. Bones also serve as the calcium bank of the body. Sometimes people get confused between vitamin D and calcium. Vitamin D helps the body to absorb calcium and works with it to build strong bones. It moves calcium from the intestine to the bloodstream and into the bones. If you are thinking that your child is getting enough vitamin D only by drinking milk, then you may be partially correct. Recent study shows that most of the children are not getting essential vitamins and minerals, and especially vitamin D. Some children with low vitamin D complain of pain in the legs and body. Very low vitamin D can lead to soft bones, causing rickets, a bone softening disease and also increase the risk of bone fracture in children. From age 9 – 18 children need more calcium to meet the daily recommended intake. Interestingly, it is only till mid-20s that kids can improve their bones which will last them a lifetime. Sunshine is considered as the natural source of vitamin D in body. Every cell of our body has vitamin D receptors. So, if your child is in the sunlight three times a week for about 15-20 minutes he/she will get enough UV rays to produce vitamin D. Not just bones and teeth, vitamin D builds immunity in the body and fights off attacking viruses and bacterias.

Kids food for strong bones

The greatest amount of bone tissue develop during childhood and adolescence as the skeleton expands in size and density. During this time its very important to provide your child with some vital food sources that can help him/her in developing strong bones. The health and strength of our kids bones rely on a balanced diet and a steady stream of nutrients, most importantly , calcium and vitamin D.

Cow’s milk and its products: It is the most commonly consumed type of milk and naturally a good source of many nutrients like calcium, protein, phosphorus and Vitamin B2. In several countries, it is fortified with vitamin D because milk doesn’t naturally contain vitamin D, but is a great source of calcium. These two work together to keep bones strong. There are some dairy products made of cow’s milk like cheese, yogurt which are a source of vitamin D (How is it used in the rest of the world?)

Cereals: In comparison to other natural resources, fortified corn flakes and oat meals or granola mixes may provide less vitamin D, but still they can be a good way to boost the vitamin D levels. It is considered as the best kids food for strong bones as it is easily available. These cereals can be consumed together with milk or yogurt to achieve both calcium and vitamin D for the body. The most important check to make here is the sugar levels in the cereal. Added sugar intake can adversely impact calcium and vitamin D levels. (how does sugar impact bones?)

Egg yolk: Eggs are one of the highest natural sources of vitamin D and considered as appropriate food for strong bones and joints in kids. Just one whole large egg provides 50% of vitamin D required for the day. It helps to maintain strong bones and teeth. Those who can, can opt for fish (salmon, sardines) also as a source of vitamin D.

Banana: The yummy bananas are a great source of magnesium, which plays an important role in activating vitamin D in the body. Journal of the American osteopathic Association, suggests that- it is essential to consume the recommended amount of magnesium to obtain the optimal benefits of vitamin D. So while bananas don’t have vitamin D directly, it enables absorption. This speciality makes it the best kids food for strong bones.  In addition, bananas are also a great source of quick energy (simple carbs) and prebiotic fibre (for digestion) for kids. Win-win!

Moringa: Moringa is a superfood. It has 3 times more calcium than milk which makes it an excellent food to treat weak or damaged bones. Some studies also indicate that moringa can heal damaged bones. All these qualities make it the best food for strong bones and joints in kids. Dried moringa leaf powder has 17 times more vitamin D than fortified milk. In addition to this, it’s a fix for digestion troubles, immunity and iron. (Some easy ways to moringa)

Ragi: It is said that no other plant source provides calcium the way ragi can. It also has vitamin D and along with calcium it helps in bone development in children. It can also help in improving bone strength. It is a whole grain that is gluten free also and can be used in baking cakes and cookies.(Easy nutritious ragi recipe)

Mushroom: Mushrooms are a rich ‘plant’ source of vitamin D. Researchers have found that we can increase levels of vitamin D even more by exposing mushrooms to the sun for 10-15 minutes. Mushrooms can be consumed either directly or also in the form of dried mushroom powder, which can be used throughout the year, even when the season of mushroom has passed. For kids who are picky and don’t particularly enjoy eating mushroom, using the powder is an easy option. It can hide in any batter or dough to make pancakes, wraps, bread, paratha, pizza. It can be used as a rich source of vitamin D food for strong bones and joints in kids. (Easy pizza recipe to hide mushroom powder)

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Recipe of Aloo Paratha with Ragi

Recipe OF ALOO PARATHA WITH RAGI AND hidden NuTS & herbs

Kids love to eat paratha. Preparing a recipe of aloo paratha with foxtail millet helps to add nutrition to their favourite foods in a convenient way. Foxtail millet is called Ragi in Hindi. This paratha is healthy and tasty too. Kid’s Nutrition is very important nowadays and preparing healthy food recipes for a child is not an easy task. Iyurved is happy to share lots of children’s food recipe ideas which are not only innovative but also very tasty. The recipes shared here are Kids approved!

Let’s try to make every healthy food recipe for a child more tasty and nutritious with (hidden) veggies, herbs and nuts. Check this Recipe of Aloo Paratha with Ragi for babies, toddlers and kids.

  • 1 cup ragi
  • 1 cup whole wheat or sorghum
  • 1 cup boiled, mashed potato
  • 4 tbsp Moringa powder (optional)
  • 4 tbsp Iyurved’s 5 herbs and 7 nuts savoury spread (order here)
  • Salt as per taste
  • ½ Beetroot puree (optional)
  • Water for kneading

Mix all together into a soft dough. Roll out flat breads/ parathas. Eat directly with yogurt or fill it up like a wrap with some spread and veggies.

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