Kurakkan (Finger Millet )Nutritional Value and Health Benefits

Kurakkan is also known as Finger Millet. Kurakkan originated in East Africa however in the present kurakkan exist in Sri Lanka and India. It is a main staple food in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan’s use kurakkan to make pittu, roti and string hoppers. In the present it is grown in Anuradapura, Monoragala, Hambantota, Kegalle, Ratnapura, Nuwara Eliya, Ampara, Badulla and Jaffna districts. Kurakkan is the most nutritious food rich in calcium and protein and as well as iron and other minerals.

Nutritional Values of Kurakkan

Fat                    1.35%
Energy              341.6 cal/ 100g
Moisure             13.24%
Protein              7.6%
Carbohydrates  74.36%
Fibre                 1.52%
Minerals            2.35%

B vitamins

Cooked 1 cup 240grams (285 Calories) will contain:

Manganese       0.66mg
Tryptophan       0.10g
Magnesium      105.60mg
B Vitamins
Phosphorus     240.00mg

Health Benefits of Kurakkan

1.Kurakkan can be protect your heart

Magnesium is a most wanted nutrition to maintain your healthy heart. It can be reduce the severity of asthma and reduce the frequency of migraine attacks as well as lowers the blood pressure, reduces the risk of heart attack, especially among the older people with atherosclerosis or diabetic heart disease.

2. Goitrogenic property

kurakkan includes goitrogens naturally occurring chemicals that interfere with the thyroid gland. If you have an enlarged thyroid gland due to low thyroxin secretion, you should avoid kurakkan. Cooking may destroy goitrogenic.

3. Protection against breast cancer

Kurakkan is a fiber rich meal. A meal rich in fiber made of whole grains and fruit which can prevent risk of breast cancer for pre-menopausal women.

4. Kurakkan is gluten free

Kurakkan is actually a seed. It provide serotonin which calms and soothes your mood.

5. Avoid Gallstones

Eating foods high in insoluble fiber helps to reduce the incidence of gallstones.

6. Best for weight loss

7. Kurakkan is the best grain for babies as it is gluten free, nutritious, versatile, easily digestible and least allergenic grain suitable as a solid food.

8. Phosphorus helps with fat metabolism, body tissue repair and creating energy. Kurakkan can reduce bad cholesterol.

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