The word cereals finds its origin in "CERES" then Roman goddess of reain. Cereals are rich in carbohydrates (60% - 70%), protein, fats and vitamins.
We would like to highlight some of the commonly used Indian organic cereals and their benefits. This information is purely for a reference purpose.
Amaranth: Raw amaranth grain is inedible to humans and cannot be digested because it blocks the absorption of nutrients; so it has to be prepared and cooked like other grains. In a 100 gram amount, cooked amaranth provides 103 Calories and is a moderate–rich source of dietary minerals, including phosphorus, manganese, and iron. Cooked amaranth is 75% water, 19% carbohydrates, 4% protein, and 2% fat.
White Poha: Poha has traditionally been among India’s favourite breakfasts and no one treated it as unhealthy, till a few years ago, when the Indian market began to be flooded with ‘healthy’ grains from abroad like oats and quinoa. Call it the result of their brilliant marketing or our bad luck, our traditional breakfasts suddenly became unhealthy foods. Poha is Rich in carbohydrates and controls blood sugar.
Red Poha: A healthier variation to the everyday poha is the red poha, which is made from red rice. In the recent times, red rice has garnered much attention because of its health benefiting properties. The red colour is due to the presence of a pigment called anthocyanin, which is also a flavonoid. Moreover, unlike white rice, red rice doesn't undergo excessive processing, and as such the other bran layer remains intact, which is rich is fiber, vitamin B, and minerals like calcium, zinc, iron, manganese, magnesium etc. Red rice is also enriched with antioxidants that help in fighting free radicals in our body, preventing the risk of diseases like cancer.
Wheat Dalia: With the trend inclining towards healthy living, we proactively choose to have a nutritious meal. Consider it a healthy trait or increasing passion to look great, something as basic as a bowl of Dalia looks tempting to health enthusiasts. And why not? When this wholesome food is loaded with benefits of high fibre and aids in weight loss.
Maize Dalia: Being a good source of antioxidant carotenoids, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, yellow (or colored) corn may promote eye health. It is also a rich source of many vitamins and minerals. For this reason, moderate consumption of whole-grain corn, such as popcorn or sweet corn, may well fit into a healthy diet.
Sooji: Semolina or ‘Suji’ is a coarsely ground grain often used while making pastas, porridge or upma. Like several other types of wheat, it contains gluten which makes it very unsafe for those suffering from celiac disease. Semolina is also known for its great taste and lovely texture. It is light and one of the best dishes you could consume during the night.