Who does not want to stay healthy? We all do strive to get the better of ourselves and lead a disease-free life. Sadly, a majority of health problems come from our wrong food choices. A diet that relies heavily on wrong foods is deficient in nutrients and the result is nutritional deficiencies in you. But these so-called delicacies and savories are addictive, and you cannot stay away from them. Think of pizzas, samosas, mathris, breads, and keep adding your favorite snacks to this list. So does staying healthy means rejecting the foods you love? Does it mean you cannot enjoy what you crave for? Well, my definition of healthy eating includes all those foods that you crave and are addicted to, with the only difference being in the choice of flour, fat, salt, and exclusion of any additives, artificial flavors, and chemicals.
Do millets contain anti-nutrients? Yes, they do. In fact, all whole grains, including oats, contain phytates, which bind to minerals and make their absorption difficult for the body. Soaking is the first step toward reducing anti-nutrients from millets. Soak for at least 6-8 hours to make digestion easier. Discard the soaked water and then proceed to the next step of cooking. Remove foam from top to reduce gassy elements from millets. How long should millet be soaked before cooking? Soaking the millets overnight is a safe practice. Soaking breaks down the phytic acid in millets or for that matter grains and nuts. Phytic acid hinders the absorption of minerals and nutrients in food, including calcium, iron, and zinc. How? Phytates bind to minerals and nutrients and make their absorption difficult in the gut. Your tummy finds it tough to digest millets in that case. So soaking millets and draining off that soaked water makes it easier on your tummy. Are millets safe for thyroid? Does