Thinai Rice / Foxtail Millet
Foxtail Millet or Thinai Arisi (setaria italica) is one of those forgotten grains that were a part of ancient Tamil culture.
Foxtail millet, called ‘Thinai’ in Tamil, is offered to Lord Muruga, the patron deity of Tamil Nadu.
In China, foxtail millet is the most common millet and one of the main food crops, especially among the poor in the dry northern part of that country.
Helps control Blood sugar levels when consumed on regular basis. It showed lowered triglyceride levels, LDL/VLDL Cholestrol and increase in HDL Cholestrol.
Its known for its Low Glycemic index- gradual increase in blood sugar after food intake when compared to rice
Millets are a natural source of protein and iron.
Millet is very easy to digest; it contains a high amount of lecithin and is excellent for strengthening the nervous system.
Millets are rich in B vitamins, especially niacin, B6 and folic acid, as well as the minerals calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc. Millets contain no gluten.
So they are not suitable for raised bread, but they are good for people who are gluten-intolerant.
Nutritional structure of the Millets