Expert Explains Why You Should Never Mix Millets

There’s a reason millets are appreciated as superfoods. Millets are a group of small-seeded grasses cultivated as grains; they are packed with essential nutrients, millets are gluten-free and rich in fibre, aiding in digestion and promoting gut health. They are also a great source of protein, making them an excellent option for vegetarians and vegans. 

Millets have a low glycemic index, helping to regulate blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of diabetes. Furthermore, they are abundant in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, and iron, supporting overall immunity and bone health. Incorporating millet into your diet can help in weight management due to its satiating properties, which can give you a feeling of fullness. 

There are several kinds of millet, from finger millet to foxtail and sorghum. However, if you’re mixing these varieties together you may not be doing it right. Kavita Dev, founder of a millet-based start-up broke down why mixing millets may not be helping your health if you want to mix them. 

“You should not consume them in such a way. Because Kodo is a millet with a fibre which cleans your bone marrow, browntop has a fibre which cleans your digestive system, foxtail cleans your nerves and lungs, and little millet cleans your reproduction organs. So if you take 100 grams of millet per day and it’s all mixed, each variety will be 20 grams,” says Dev.

She continues, “Do you think 20 grams will clean any of your organs? It can’t be done. Khader Sir (Dr Khader Valli, aka The Millet Man) reminds us to try to take one millet continuously for 2 days, that will be more effective.”