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Kodo millet or Varagu is one of the ancient grains of the world that originated from Africa and domesticated in India a few thousand years ago. It is a nutritious grain that is widely distributed in damp habitats across the tropics and subtropics of the world. In India,
Varagu is also rich in anti-oxidants polyphenols, an antioxidant compound, tannins, phosphorous and phytic acids. Its antioxidant potential is much higher than any other millet and major cereals. The phosphorus content is lower in Kodo millet in comparison to other millets.
Varagu is a good substitute to rice or wheat. The protein, fibre, and mineral content are much higher than the major cereals like rice. It can be cooked just like rice or ground into flour. It provides balanced nutrition, unlike polished white rice.
Health Benefits of Varagu Rice
It is easy to digest, contains a high amount of lecithin and is excellent for strengthening the nervous system. It is rich in photo chemicals, phytate that helps in reduction of cancer risks. It helps to reduce the body weight and beneficial for postmenopausal women.