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Ragi Flour Nutritional Value and Health Benefits

Ragi is the common name of Finger Millet in Southern part of India (and known as Nachni in the northern part of India). Along with oats this is one of the most nutritious food and one of the easy one to to digest. It is rich in calcium and protein and also have good amount of iron and other minerals. It is low in fat most of which are unsaturated fats. As any other grains out there it has its shade of good and not so good aspects. Ragi or Nachni is often ground to a fine power and sold and popularly known as Ragi Flour. In this article we will put together all the details Ragi Flour’s Nutritional Value and Health Benefits and what ragi has to offer to us.

To start with we will look at the % share of content of Ragi, second, we will look at the quantity of minerals present and different amino acids present. We will then look at what are the over all health benefits of consuming Ragi or Nachni on a regular basis. Finally we will round it up with comparing Ragi flour to other grains like Wheat, Maize against key staple food ingredients. (check out our article on Health benefits of oatmeal nutrition for weight loss)

 

Ragi Flour Nutritional Value

In this below section depicts the in a typical content in 100 grams of Ragi Flour (edible portion, 12% moisture). Major portion of Ragi Flour is carbohydrate, followed by protein and fiber. It has the least amount of fat in them.

 

Ragi Flour Nutritional Value (Chart)

Content Amount (Typical) Amount (Range)
Carbohydrate 72.6 71.3 – 89.5
Protein 7.7 5.8 – 12.8
Fibre 3.6 3.5 – 3.9
Fat 1.3 1.3 – 2.7

Below is the pie chart which shows the split of above numbers.

Ragi Nutrition Split

Major portion of Ragi Flour is carbohydrate, around 80%. The Fat percentage is quite less which is good. Protein and fiber contents vary but range from less to moderate. 100 grams of Ragi has roughly on an average of 336 KCal of energy in them.

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Minerals

Below table shows typical amount of various minerals present in the Ragi Flour (to be referred as Ragi here after). As you can see in the table that Ragi has high amount of calcium. Calcium is one of the most important ingredients of our body and our daily need is around 350 mg. There are traces of Iron but rest of other minerals are very small.

Ragi Nutrition Chart (Minerals)

Mineral Content Amount
(Typical – mg)
Calcium 350
Iron 3.9
Niacin 1.1
Thiamin 0.42
Riboflavin 0.19

 

Amino Acids

Ragi also has some good number of Essential Amino Acids (EAA) which are essential for human body. Few of the key EAAs which Ragi has are Valine, Methionine, Isoleucine, Threonine and Tryptophan. Below section beiefly explains why these are essential for us

Valine is essential for repair of tissues, muscle coordination and metabolism and also help maintain balance of nitrogen in the body. It also help promote mental calmness and enhance maintain mental vigor.
Isoleucine is essential for ensuring blood formation, keeping a check on blood sugar levels. It also helps heal and repair muscle tissues, bones and skin.
Threonine helps maintain protein levels in the body. It also helps formation of tooth enamel, also prevents formation of fat in the liver.
Tryptophan which act as natural relaxant and help fight anxiety, depression and insomnia. They also help in treating migraine headaches. They reduce excess appetite and help control weight gain; they also release of growth harmones.
Methionoine which is a sulfur based amino acid which is essential for various activities in human body. It is said to help promote growth of healthy skin and hair. The Sulfur which we get from Methionine helps produce a substance called lecithin which helps reduce cholesterol, reduce fat inside the livers and help protect kidneys. This methionine is generally lacking in staple diet of some of the vegetarians and hence regular Ragi intake will help get enough of these amino acids.

Ragi Nutrition Chart (Amino Acids)

Amino Acids Content Amount
(mg/g of protein)
Leucine 594
Valine 413
Phenylalanin 325
Isoleucine 275
Threonine 263
Methionine 194
Tryptophan 191
Lysine 181
Cystine 163

 

Summary of Health Benefits of Ragi Flour

It is easy to get overwhelmed by so many numbers. What we are need to know is how good Ragi is and what health benefits we get by consuming it regularly. So below is a summary of these benefits.

  1. Promote Healthy Eating
  2. Promote Natural Weight Loss
  3. A good Vegan Gluten free source of Protein
  4. Acts as a good baby food due to its rich nutrient content
  5. Great whole grain source of Calcium

Ragi Vs Other Grains (Wheat, Maize, Brown Rice)

Now let us look at How Ragi fairs with other whole grains when it comes to key nutrient content. Below table shows how Ragi (finger millet) stands against other staple grains – Wheat, Maize and Brown Rice.

Ragi Nutrition Chart (Comparison)

Content (grams) Brown Rice Wheat Maize Ragi
Energy (KCal) 362 348 358 336
Carbohydrate 76 71 73 72.6
Protein 7.9 11.6 9.2 7.7
Fibre 1.0 2.0 2.8 3.6
Fat 2.7 2.0 4.6 1.5

We can make out from the chart that Protein content in Ragi is not on the higher side. It is least on Calories, Protein and Fat.

Ragi Nutrition Chart (Mineral Comparison)

Content (mgs) Brown Rice Wheat Maize Ragi
Calcium 33 30 26 350
Iron 1.8 3.5 2.7 3.9
Niacin 4.3 5.1 3.6 1.1
Thiamin 0.41 0.41 0.38 0.42
Riboflavin 0.04 0.1 0.2 0.19

Ragi has very high amount of calcium which are way more than others. The Ragi also have traces of Iron. Other minerals are not present in high numbers

 Verdict

Ragi is a very good to be included as a part of staple diet as it lot of essential nutrients, amino acids and minerals. Add to this is the fact that these have very low amount of fat content and reasonable amount of fibre.

While Ragi is indeed awesome but there is misconception that ragi is good for diabetes patients. As we know, this claim has no scientific basis and in fact it is known to be one of the easiest of the grains to digest. This means that the carbohydrates it has increases the sugar levels faster than other foods like oats.

Excess eating of Ragi could lead to Kidney stones and hence caution is required to ensure moderate eating. This article is a testament of goodness of ragi and including Ragi into diet plan for most people will help a lot.

 

References

1. Finger Millet basics from Wikipedia.org
2. Finger Millet Facts and statistics from blackherbals.com
3. Essential Amino Acids and its need from Realtime.net

191 Comments

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  2. admin

    June 28, 2010 at 6:11 am

    thanks Louis for those encouraging and inspiring comments.

  3. Thanks for posting such a valuable information related to health. I know that ragi is good for health, but don't know how good it is? and don't know how to prepare recipes?
    Thanks a lot. I wish to see more from you.

  4. outstanding post! great advice, will take on board!

  5. good informative and authentic….thanks

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  9. I've added ragi as a part of my diet daily at night.
    I have in the form of liquid food, by adding ragi flour with boiling water.
    After an hour making it to get cool, i'll add curd with that.
    Is this a perfect diet?????

  10. admin

    September 19, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Sounds very good Shankar.

  11. Thank you for the valuable info. I am located in Bangalore, please help me with a store where I will get ragi flour. Will wait for your reply. Please mail me. Thanks again.

  12. Valuable information on Ragi. Diabetics and nervous people should take advantage by including Ragi in their daily food.

  13. Nalini Prabhakar

    October 10, 2010 at 9:24 am

    I am told Ragi adds body weight . Is it true?

  14. Hi, really full of information, we used to make tosai by using ragi. Now in the office, I'm using ragi floor and oats as my breakfast. (frying the floor on the pan, till very light brown). Mix the ragi floor with oats wt hot water, and drink, its filing.
    Thanks,
    Hendry

  15. admin

    December 15, 2010 at 6:49 am

    fantastic.

  16. Very nice info. Its the regular food of our Area.Karnataka,South India.

  17. Hi,
    I never knew about ragi,but after reading this article i came to now how much ragi is useful.
    Kirti

  18. Hi,
    Please let me know if Raagi can me consumed by a baby who suffer from hypothyroidism , I have told that Raagi inhibit the production of the required hormone. Is it true?

  19. This was wonderful info, I really like Ragi flour, I make roti and dosai. I am also diabetic, Is it ok to eat Ragi instead of Rice?
    I would like compare carb between Ragi and Rice.

  20. admin

    January 23, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    All,

    Thanks for your comments. I want to emphasize that I am not fully aware of your situation and nor am I a doctor. So please consult your doctor before making any drastic changes to your food intake plans. Including Ragi here and there will not cause any harm I am sure. However do consult your doctor.

  21. Can you tell me how many grams of oxalate are in ragi flour?

  22. Excellent article. Doctors had adviced me to take calcium tablets for 3 months but instead choose to eat ragi every day for 2 months.This helped me and with daily yoga for 30 minutes  , my knee pain has come down.

  23. Hi I have hyper-acidity and fissures is it ok to include ragi in my diet

  24.  
    Hi,
     
    this is a good website, i wonder if any one have an exclusive info on ragi. My family uses Ragi big time. My 2 yrs old baby to 65 yrs old in-laws use ragi ur website provides good info on various recipe which is of lot of help to me.
    Also I must share this info,we get Ragi flour – good quality from a lady name Kamalamma she is from Bangalore. She also makes a very healthy and tasty ragi sari. Any one interested pl reply will help u with her contacts.

     

  25. Would like to know the details of Kamalamma from  Bangalore since I would like to buy ragi flour and ragi sari from her. Thanks

  26. COL Dr L JAYARAMAN(RETD)

    May 15, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Excellent and very useful information about ragi. I was looking for such information. Can u give me the receipe for ragi

  27. Asis Shrestha

    June 13, 2011 at 6:24 am

    Though it has been the marganilised and underutilized crop, it can be the best option for food secyrity. Not only the nutritional value, the immense storing capacity of fingermillet makes the crop unique among the cereals.

  28. Is Ragi is suitable for chronic kidney disease patients……
     

  29. This has been a wonderful site providing very vital information one of the important millets namely Ragi (Finger Millet).  Also suggest who should not eat finger millet preparations.

  30. Admin

    July 30, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I am not very sure Mujeeb. I will find out and get back.

  31. Thank you verymuch for providing such valuable info. I was looking for something like this. I wish you all the best for helping and serving people through nutritional information.

  32. Nice Article, I was following a weight loss diet plan. And thinking to include ragi.
    Now this helped me to get a good info on the Ragi. Thank you very much

  33. Thank you for publishing details about ragi. its very useful…..

  34. It is appreciable to see all of your comments about finger millet (Ragi)
    We do produce-sell Ragi Flour in New Delhi.

  35. Thank you so much for sharing this information. We have started taking Ragi regularly. I really feel it should present in every woman's diet because they face lack of calcium after certain age.

  36. Great article.
    There is ragi malt available.
    This can be mixed with boiling water and milk and can be taken along with breakfast. Add jaggery for sweet.
    It tastea good and healthy.
    Thanks for the info.

    Mohana krishna m

  37. @Admin, you dont know how this article saved my day, thanks a million, i am working hard to make Ragi a well known crop
     

  38. Its Universal food for good HEALTH……….

  39. I want to know Is ragi food( bALL)  better tha whest chappathi or rotis?

  40. (rukwesa) ragi,fingermillet has been used extensively in some parts of zimbabwe.it has been used especially as diet for sick poeple who can not take solids and prepared to a drinkable solution .history has indicated that poeple have recovered fast .am to include it on my loose weight dietery regime

  41. Because the admin of this web page is working, no doubt very shortly it will be well-known, due to its quality contents.

  42. WISH U A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012  :)
    Thank u so much for sharing this wonderful article with us….
    I heard Ragi is good for health..  But just now I came to know all the benifits of Ragi…  
    Most of the people living in the cities dont know abt the of Ragi.
    We need to raise awareness about Ragi…
     
     
     

  43. Excellent piece of information..Thanks..& Keep going!!..

  44. It is a very informative site. But my question is  recently i had Pulmonory Embolism and i am on  very strict diet restictions. i a on anticogulant (Warfarin) medication I can not take anything with Vitamin K. So i would like to know if ragi can be consumed  and also please let me know what is K cal .

  45. The article is very nicely put together. Nice Website.

  46. Hi,  I regularly use ragiball as my break fast and it is very cool an good to have it
     

  47. Thanks for all the information about ragi. The most notable thing about ragi is that it is rich in calcium, unlike most other grains. While it is a highly nutritious cereal (esp. for an undernourished population), it is certainly not a wise thing to include it as a major portion of your calorie intake for a weight loss plan, since alas, like any other grain (including oats or wheat that people think can replace rice) it is loaded with carbohydrates! With diabetes reaching epic proportions in Southern India, the best choices for a weight-loss diet that can promote healthy levels of blood sugar should include lots and lots of non carby vegetables (which means no potatoes!), some fruit, healthy fats and a very small quantity of whole grain.

  48. Excellent information. Millets especially  Ragi (finger millets) should be introduced in PDS (Public Distribution System), so that India become malnutrition free……

  49. Thanks for the article – very informative. However, I found one of the charts (Ragi nutrition comparison) confusing. What do the figures represent? Grams, milligrams? Are you comparing weight for weight, if so, what is the total weight?

  50. hi friends,try having ragi balls(also known as ragi mudde).we have it twice a day  instead of rice.its a miraculous food i can say.

  51. Hi,
    Nice work very good comparison of grains, I think RAGI is really good for the growing KIDS as very good source of calcium specialy when their theets are coming (in both sets at 1 year and when another set comes at the age of 5-7 years) so RAGI & CHEESE are good combination for the growing childerns for bones and theets and specialy for the Vegitarians.

  52. poornachandra

    March 9, 2012 at 9:38 am

    good 1

  53. Please find your mistake in the statement of comparison of different grains.
    The protein and carbohydrate values are same.

  54. excellent article…very informative..
     

  55. Thanks for this valuable info. Is ragi beneficial to nursing mothers too? Also what is a safe quantity to consume and digest if had on daily basis

  56. taking ragi daily by an gastric trouble person is good…??

  57. Admin

    March 31, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Amudha, thanks. I have updated the correct numbers for carbohydrates.

  58. Excellent Information!!!!
    Very good source of Calcium for Vegetarians.

  59. Very impressed. What is the safe consumption fo a senior of 75 years?

  60. Great information.. ragi must be promoted!!

  61. paramveerpatil

    June 4, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    what a wonderful information
     

  62. jayashree parthsarathy

    June 20, 2012 at 5:19 am

    throws a lot of information that we generally try to find and useful for day to day balancing of diet

  63. amount of  potacium is not mentioned above .
    please give this information as well

  64. less expensive and more worthwhile

  65. Too good information! Please suggest will the nutritious value of raagi reduce if mixed with wheat?

  66. My mother is 76 ,paralyzed  bed ridden.What is the quantity that should be given to her and how or in what form

  67. excellent information

  68. thakns for sharing this information …its very useful.
     

  69. Santhosh Surabhi

    July 17, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Dear Sir,
    Recently started using Ragi powder. Iam a diabetic and working for a pharmaceutical company. Just now i searched the benefits of Ragi and wondered about the goodness of ragi and iam sure that it will definitely have the power of glycemic control. We have another grain named FLAX seed which also plays an important role in controlling choloestrol.

  70. The price of Ragi is way below that of other cereals. Thank you for the information on the nutrition contents.

  71. Admin

    July 22, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    You need to consult the doctor. I am not qualified to suggest the best way forward.

  72. Admin

    July 22, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Nothing should happen just by mixing. I am not sure what is the effect of cooking though.

  73. Admin

    July 22, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    will findout and try to add. thanks for the feedback.

  74. Hi,
       I already started taking ragi as part of my diet .i feel so good all the day and i lost my weight as well and  the taste of ragi java is also good  i liked it very much .hi friends you also try and u will be glad .

  75. indika ro fcrdi MI sl

    August 21, 2012 at 11:47 am

    THIS IS A VERY GOOD INFORMATION ABOUT FINGER MILLET.  IF YOU CAN ADD SOME COMPARATIVE INFORMATION ABOUT GLYCIMIC VALUES ALSO  FOR THESE CEREALS IT WILL BE VERY HELP FULL

  76. Dear sir
     
    please let me know in Jodhpur, Rajsthan is their any shop wheir we get Ragi
    is their we found ragi biscuit or any other readymade item in India
     
    regards

  77. Could you tell me the Glycemic index of Ragi ?
    thanks

  78. Raji is digested easily and gives a calm feeling to the stomach. Good if you are dieting because it seem to control the appetite

  79. Ragi cooked in steam is a good food for Crohn's Patients to reduce their C.R.P. count in blood & reduces joint pain also…..

  80. Hi,,,is Raagi food is good or bad food for jaundice?

  81. Very nice information…

  82. how to use ragi to reduce weight espeacially to reduce belly fat?

  83. Due to negitiveitive Inflamatory index , which have high inflamatory prperties Eating the Ragi may increase in joint pains. Can any one put more light on this statement?

  84. Pls give pottasium value

  85. I heard that ragi with the contents ie amino acids and others are good for the immun system is this correct? Also safe for Lupus sufferer's..
    thanks

  86. A good contribution to knowledge sir.  I therefore salute your effort. Please can you supply me with information about the  chemical component of ragi that cures diabetis. Thanks

  87. at what times and how many times ragi malt can be taken in a day

  88.  (Typing correction)

     

    I wanna give suggestion (with my own experience) that ragi powder should be soaked 8 to 10 hours and while cooking it in a bowl-like pot stirring constantly (to not let form lumps) once all heated place it in a pressure cooker after first whistle keep it in lowest possible heat and let it be cooked 10 to 12 minutes.
    Eat with enough vegitable items not to feel heart burning or acidity.
    Its exccelent calcium and amino acid rich food.

     

  89. Let me further add a point to the above (Dev's suggestion):
    while cooking thus in the pressure cooker don't forget to put half a glass water in the bottom of pressure cooker.

  90. Image of ragi

  91. i had got fat due to unhealthy lifestyle…. done lipo sculpture…now have to maintain my body…. i am surprised which is the best RAGI or JOWAR or WHEAT?? and what amount should i eat ragi….. please tell me

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  93. nirmala yadav

    April 1, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    thanks for the wonderful article,it gave an insight to our very old healthy,cheap food.it can be useful for all age groups.

  94. HOW DO I GROW RAGI?

  95. ragi is very good for people with suguar and obesity as ragi takes long time to digist hence we dont feel hungry, as ragi is rich in fiber it keeps your digustive system happy. people in karnataka have been taking this as stable food for centures and taken the benfits of it. people above 60 need to take 250gm of ragi for brekfast (Make sure cook at least for 20m steam) with cooked dal and 2 spoon of rice.

  96. Admin

    May 3, 2013 at 4:29 am

    Thanks Manasa, excellent advice.

  97. good comparison of grains….is it sutable for adults and elder peoples ?

  98. Excellent.I am 63 yrars old and suffering from diabeties.Please advise me the quantity I should consume per day.I hope your advice will be more authentic.Thanks LMPatnaik

  99. nice comperision between different type of food with ragi.pls put the nutritional value of ragi stem which is best food for animal.
     

  100. hi, I am having gestational diabetes and someone advised me to take Ragi saying its good to control sugar levels. so I ve been taking raggi porridge in milk with a bit of oats and small spoon of sugar but my sugar levels after checking after an hour is out of limit. what cld be the reason, any idea? this porridge is my 1st meal of the day n I ve been having it as bfast.

  101. Fine way of describing, and pleasant paragraph to get information on
    the topic of my presentation focus, which i am going to deliver in college.

  102. Excellent information,now a days it’s very healthy food.

  103. Useful info. in detail…but one small question? Ragi Nutrition Chart (Comparison) values given are for 100grms of Rgi flour or for 100 grms of cooked Ragi? I am using  a Tea cupful of Ragi flour mixed with 1/4th cup of Rice flour and making dosas in typical South Indian style. I could make 3 dosa with that mixed flour which weighs 100grms each. So I just wanted to make sure it is not cooked ragi that has the values shown in the table. Please confirm.. Thanks in advance

  104. Excellent information. I was looking for such information since long. Manasa can you tell me how ragi is used to cook? Is it only steaming? We in Maharashtra, make flour and make bread out of it. Other way out is to soak and then grind. Take its milk and then cook along with milk and sugar or alternately you can add buttermilk, salt, green chilli and coriander. 

  105. really very good information.thanks

  106. i just now read about ragi,i am very happy to see the information because i started feeding my daughter aged 6months, my doctor advied but i still have some doubts,but today after reading the article iam impressed,can i feed twice a day 1spoon ragi in 100mlmilk withjaggery,ghee. please confirm.thankq.

  107. sunithadevi boda

    July 15, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    i just now read about ragi,i am very happy to see the information because i started feeding my daughter aged 6months, my doctor advied me,  i still have some doubts,but today after reading the article i was clear,can i feed twice a day ?1spoon ragi in 100mlmilk withjaggery,ghee. please confirm.thankq.

  108. mannan bagdadi

    July 23, 2013 at 6:33 am

    it is a very fruitful information. Ragi flour cannot be mixed with milk.Hence i take only ragimalt with the milk. I want to know whether its natural effects to the body is coolness or heat. I am immune to cold effects. I cant take any kind of citric vegetables or fruits.

  109. Useful information and quantity of serving is especially relevant. It is a tasty breakfast porridge even without the rice and dahl mixture

  110. Hi.
    Indeed a lovely article, with great stats on Ragi! Our brand has always been championing Ragi, and we will defenitely share this article on our facebook page!
    facebook.com/soulfullfood
    Thanks again

  111. Really very good information(s). Thanks.

  112. good information……but  the sad thing is, what we are getting ragi now is a three month crop ( older 6 months)  is less in fiber content

  113. hi , am from Hassan district , which is one of the major producer of Ragi, i just want tell you a tip about ragi,
    Eat a ragi ball with the uppusaru every day morning , it will keep you full energetic upto evening , by fact you wont feel Hungry at all..
    its very good food , please include in your daily food menu….
     
     

  114. Please suggest some ragi information about ulcerative colitus patient…

  115. ragi=super food for fracture healing :)

  116. shruthi belliappa

    October 1, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Its really very informative. It helps all age group people….mixing ragi with wheat flour does nt have any adverse affect…since i am using this form from past 6 months…it helps digestive capacity also provides Calcium for ladies in their menopaus .

  117. shruthi belliappa

    October 1, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Its really very informative. It helps all age group people….mixing ragi with wheat flour does nt have any adverse affect…since i am using this form from past 6 months…it helps to increase digestive capacity also provides Calcium for ladies in their menopaus .

  118. For those asking about safe quantities : Some of us from Karnataka have grown up eating ragi. So it’ll be very difficult to exactly tell what’s the safe quantity. Keep in mind ragi is very slow to digest. One measurement my mother has is your ability to digest it. Just reduce the quantity of you start having indigestion :) if you can digest it, then you don’t need to worry about how much you eat. Ask those who eat big sized ragi mudde for breakfast…….

  119. Execellent coverage. Consumption of ragi flour (through  milk, dosa, roti)   is  for much  helpful  for diabectics as  no sugar is found in ragi.

  120. These are some of the lost crops of Africa hence with greater value to society. As an environmentalist concerned with food security and nutritient value l am raising awareness to marginalised communities in Southern Africa to consider growing this crop. This article has been informative and of great value to my work !

  121. Excellent information . Good diet with low budget.

  122. thank you for the awesome article.It can be useful to all age groups and its a very good information.Once again thank u:)

  123. How can we cook it?  Ragi is so nutritious i want to make tasty for my seven month old baby.pls duggest recipies

  124. how to reduce carbohydrate level in ragi

  125. I am excited to hear that 100gms of ragi flour has over 300mgs of calcium.  But I have a big question.  There are some other web sites skipthepie.org that say 14mg.  Which is true??

  126. very good information, it can be added to your daily nutrition food

  127. k.Gopi.,Msc(Agrnomy)

    January 30, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    very nice…….

  128. The information is really good.  Thanks to all those who have put this info for public consumption.

  129. we use Ragi Flour everyday and till now we did not know all nutritional facts about Ragi… this information is great deal.. Many Thanks. 

  130. Information provided on ragi food is excellent and highly benificitial.Those who have deficiency of vitamin D12 and bone connected problems may get solved

  131. Information provided on.Ragi food is excellent and highly benificitial. Those who have deficiency of Vitamin D12 and problems connected with bone may be get solved

  132. Sir really it is very impressive information. This is very help full for diabetic & obesity patients

  133. Sir,
    Thank you very much . I  am age of 64 ,I being used mixing the flour of figer Millete ,bajra and Horseram at the rate 2:0,0.5,0.5 past  four months I experienced that maximum unrine released every day . hence I felt that the  flour may  effected on Prostrat glands because of High calcium contents and it may also effect the function of Kideny . Is  it correct or not  . The flour effectively used for growing children.

  134. Very informative

  135. Dear Friend,
    Right now I am in around 74 KG weight . I have to reduce my weight more than 20 KG.  I am doing daily running , physical execrises hip strech and swimming .

    I have intaken only RAGI (KANGEE) (means I added the RAGI flour in the HOT water and boil) . both break fast and lunch.

    Does RAGI helps to reduce weight .  Could you please answer this question .

    What are the foods are to reduce the weight . Please don't hesitate to call me and give useful information.

    Thanks
    Srinivasan
    Mobile 09940512137
    Living in Tamil nadu (Chennai)
     

  136. very good infarmation but you didnot mention for how much weight of grains ,calories & other nutrients given

  137. Hi
    Ragi is a very much old and a regularfood taken by our elders on a daily basic in karnataka, we are really lucky to have Mudde ( Raggi Ball) its easy to have only swollowing with good sambar and with side vegetable makes a complete balanced food but nowa days,due to fast life people r nt having this aware ness thanks a lot for this valuable info no doubt this is a good foo for all ages irrespective people in all conditions
     

  138. I started using Ragi for dinner every night.  I live in New Jersey,  it is very expensive to buy.  Is there any equalent to ragi in US.  Aslo, I apprecite, if any has informtion about how many caloreis in a cup of ragi four [uncooked].
     
    Thank you
    Ragini

  139. does consumig of ragi makes us fat?? 
    because of its rich carbohydrates…
     

  140. Please publish how the carbohydrates decreases and other minerals are increasing while germinating the raagi(Sprouts)
     

  141. Hi
    My mother is diabetic. Could any one please suggest, can we make chapati (Roti) with Ragi Flour alone or we have to mix with Wheat Flour. If yes, what proportion. Thanks in advance.

  142. How much iron n calcium present in one spoon?

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  144. Hi friendz, tel me wil it reduce weight…. Give me a adive.

  145. Really good information.
    We are producing Ragi as Rice form, which can be cooked like ordinary Rice. SInce rich in fibre, very good for Diabetic. Easily digestible.
    Very good option for kids, and anyone who likes to reduce weight.
    Our Product Brand name is RAICON, first time in India, RAGI RICE.
    Ready to give more details on request.

  146. very informative write up. i want to know nutrient content of malted ragi flour. how much it enhances the nutritive value???

  147. Thank you for the detailing and the useful comparison.
     

  148. vaani santhosh

    July 2, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Good information about ragi.
    I heard ragi is gluten free which is used as substitute for maida in making cake.

    thank you
    Eat healthy and be healthy

  149. Krishna Kumar K P

    August 6, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    I was trying to find a substitute for my daily intake of calcium tablets.Thank you very much for the informations you shared with us.

  150. I mix it with wheat floor to make chapatis is it ok.
     
    Thanks
    Harish

  151. This is a really informative article about the Ragi…Thanks

  152. Very very useful
    I think ragi is the best option for weight loss.

  153. I would like to know how to prepare ragi so that it is goood for diabetic patients or else any form of cooking  is good for diabetic patients
     

  154. Thank you for providing very detailed information on Raggi. I am using this link to popular the use of raggi.

  155. I like it in my daily life.

  156. Ragi is most heat produse in human body . This is right r wrong pls tell me.

  157. Excellent info…about wonderful cereal raagi or madua is considered relatively inferiour in hilly parts of kumoun and people are not growing it to its full capacity in their fields as they  lack important aspects of this wonderful grain. After such an important article may be slowly but surely they will get benifitted.
                                                                                                               Thanx

  158. Iregulary consume ragi from childhood. Information on nutrional values of ragi and comparison with other millets is highly informative and useful to all.. Honeealthwise everyone should consume ragi , itis not costly.
    CALCIUM DEFICI ECNY  CONSUME RAGI

  159. just saying carbohydrates is n enough.
    what type is it? complex, simple…very important diffrence

  160. I’m having raagi powder in hot milk. ragi is uncooked…will it create any problem?

  161. Admin

    December 11, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    I am not sure about the type of Raagi you are using. Regardless, it is advisable to cook ragi with water for a bit before mixing with your milk.

  162. Thank you for sharing such a great artical about ragi.
    I would like to ask you that I am overweight and working hard to loose weight,many of my friend sujjested me to eat only protein at night time which is really expensive and hard to follow that protein diet, in above article you have written that ragi does help to reduce weight so my question is can I use ragi at my dinner time until I get back to my normal weight?

  163. Yes. Ragi at night (before 7.30 PM or so) is a good option. The best option is to go with Ragi Malt or some such option which would not be too heavy at night. I would also suggest to increase the intake of veggies which will also help reduce the excess weight. All the best.

  164. shantha kumari.R

    March 25, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    will consumption ragi causes kidney problem . I am a diabetic patient. Please inform

  165. Shantha,

    Thanks for your question. Yes, if you eat Ragi excessively it could lead to kidney stones. Also unlike the popular belief, Ragi is not among the best foods to eat for a diabetic patient. Oats are better bet but we highly recommend getting advice from a qualified nutritionist who can look at your detailed condition and advice you the best foods you can eat.

  166. Joshua Choppara

    April 9, 2015 at 4:22 am

    Dear Admin,
    Thank you for your efforts to share the valuable information. I have gone through your e-book “All about Ragi”. Excellent one. I wonder at the amazing health benefits of these millets. Being a South Indian, I want to promote/advocate the usage of Ragi and Bajra Flours in kolkata region where I live at present. I request you to suggest me some methods to spread awareness regarding Finger Millet and Pearl Millet.
    May I give the reference to your Website in my promotional literature?
    Waiting to hear from you,
    Best Regards,
    Joshua Choppara

  167. I give to my baby who is now 9months old daily Ragi in breakfast.Is it not correct?

  168. Ragi is very good for babies as it is loaded with calcium like no other grain. However, like all other grains it is not the best for all needed vitamins and minerals. So make sure there is a healthy dose of fruits and vegetables which is fed daily. Instead of giving ragi daily, I would suggest to alternate between Ragi and Oats which is a better diet.

    Having said all this, I do not know full history of your baby and hence consider these as suggestions. Whatever changes you make, you need to keep a close eye how the baby is processing the food.

    Hope it helps.

  169. can ragi be used in fasting days?

  170. I am not sure if I get your question. Typically, fasting involves taking no solid food for a day. Given that I am not sure how you intend to consume Ragi? If you do consume on those days it wont create any new problems to your body as far as I know. What is your exact concern Ankita?

  171. Annie kapembwa

    May 27, 2015 at 8:33 am

    How does it help with the people with dieabets?

  172. Ragi is not the best option for people with Diabetes. Grains like oats or oat bran are better. The best is the reduce the portion of grains and increase portion of non-starchy vegetables in your meals.

  173. Manohar shinde

    June 4, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Glycemic index of ragi equals glucose or more than glucose. It has more than 72% starch and almost negligible amount of resistant starch. Ragi like other cereals is a high carb food. It is a marginal source of protein and fiber content is similar in concentration to other cereals except pearl millet (Pearl millet is superior to other cereals in its fiber content, iron content and has low glycemic index). Amino acid content of Ragi protein;the chart shows mg amino acids/ g ragi protein. I earnestly request the author to check their facts. Ragi is superior in its calcium and magnesium content. It is a food and i suppose we can have foods from the mother nature not super foods. Among millets the glycemic index of pearl millet, bajra, great millet, foxtail millet and great millet is lower than that of ragi. The glycemic index of cereals is bit les than that of ragi. We have plethora of knowledge available on nutritional facts of cereals, millets and legumes, my request is to not to stick on to a particular food bur try to find facts and supplement them to make a best balance diet out of the supplements. good luck

  174. Ramakrishna, M V

    June 23, 2015 at 4:10 am

    What is the basis for your nutritional data? Did you make the analysis? Are you quoting from some authoritative source? If so which one? New South Wales study on Glycemic index lists Ragi as high glycemic index food; not suitable for diabetes. I am confised.

  175. Yes Ramakrishna. Ragi is known to be a food which is easy to digest and not an ideal one for Diabetes patients. I have updated the verdict section of the article to reflect the same.

  176. Hi Manohar, I have reviewed the content again and have ensured that there is nothing there in the article which causes confusion or give incorrect information. I have also added a line in the last section (under verdict) that it is not the best for diabetes.

  177. Ramakrishna, M V

    June 29, 2015 at 5:43 am

    I am very curious about Calcium also; Milk has 125 mg/100 grams or so.
    Is Ragi 350 mg/100 gm?
    If so what is the source of your info. Also I do not know how one determines this?
    What test?

  178. Both sources listed at the end of the article quotes 350 and 370 mg of calcium per 100 grams. The other source is a book called “Nutritive value of Indian foods“. I am not sure how they have determined the calcium content. By the way, given the downside, milk is not the best source for calcium.

  179. SATYANARAIAN DUNEY

    July 26, 2015 at 3:25 am

    Can a patient of fatty liver condition use RAGI flour in his daily diet.

  180. I am not very sure Satyanaraian. Liver has a major play in processing fat and hence I would assume eating ragi should not impact as it has the lowest fat among most staple grains. I am not sure if there are other factors. So sorry, could not provide an advice of help. However, please find More Information here about different aspects of fatty liver condition.

  181. Thank you for the valuable information on finger millets. Could you kindly give the nutritional value of sprouted finger millets too.

  182. Good information of all grains

  183. Hello,

    Well written post. Thank You.

    My concern is, if Ragi is high in carbs, then it is not a suitable food for low carb-high protein diet. I am currently following the diet and Am craving to have ragi malt in my diet. But seems like I need to stay away from it.

    Cheers!

  184. There’s also several research stating that where millets, mainly, pearl millets, have been the staple diet, there are high incidences of goiter. Millets are considered anti-nutrients due to goitrogens. It still isn’t clear at least to me whether thid goiter occurrence is due to intake of millets or an existing condition of iodine deficiency. Please comment.

  185. abhishek gadiya

    June 26, 2016 at 7:45 am

    how much amount of sodium benzoate should be added in ragi malt preparation of 200gm in pharmaceutical industry as a preservative

  186. Not sure Abhishek. never had to prepare anything with preservatives. sorry!

  187. Thanks for raising this Mani. I had not come across this when I was researching for this article but I could see a this explained in this post. I am not a fan of Paleo diet which asks you to avoid grains altogether. My recommendation is to eat most veg and fruits and sneak in grains where needed. This enable us to reduce the risk from over consumption of grains. currently we may be eating grains & fruit/veg in the ratio of 4:1 but we need to strive to get it to around 2:1 or 1:1. More veg/fruit we eat, better it is.

  188. Low carb protein diet is good only if the protein are coming from plant based sources. if the diet is rich in animal products like meat, egg and dairy then it is not good to be good in the long run.

  189. Richmillets is a online store for purely millets in Hyderabad. We supply purely organic and home based millets.

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