World's best Natural Baby food

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This is an article covering the nutritional aspects of the Finger millet (Eleusine coracana), also known as African millet or Ragi.

Finger millet

Finger millet (Eleusine coracana), also known as African millet or Ragi, is an
annual plant widely grown as a cereal in the arid areas of Africa and Asia. Finger millet is one of the best natural Baby food which is easy to digest and very very nutritious. It is rich in minerals like calcium, iron, protein, fibre and essential amino acids.

On an average, Finger millet contains 72.6 percentage of Carbohydrate, 7.7 percentage of Protein, 3.6 percentage of Fibre and 1.3 percentage of Fat (mostly unsaturated fat).

Nutritional factor

Each 100 grams of Finger millet contains about 350 mg Calcium, 3.9 mg Iron, 1.1 mg Niacin or vitamin B3, 0.42 mg Thiamine or vitamin B1 and 0.19 mg Riboflavin or vitamin B2 and amino acids.

Amino Acids contains in Finger millet

Finger millet is also a rich source of natural Essential Amino Acids or EAA. The following are the nine EAAs found in Finger millet along with its amount in mg/g of Protein: Leucine - 594 mg/g, Valine - 413 mg/g, Phenylalanin - 325 mg/g,
Isoleucine - 275 mg/g, Threonine - 263 mg/g, Methionine - 194 mg/g, Tryptophan - 191mg/g, Lysine - 181 mg/g, Cystine - 163 mg/g.

Health benefit of the EAA in our body

These Essential Amino Acids has the following functions in our body and overall health:

Cystine - Cystine is a sulfur-containing amino acid that helps form healthy skin, hair, bones, and connective tissues. It is also required to make glutathione, one of the natural antioxidants.
Isoleucine - Isoleucine is essential for ensuring blood formation and keeping a check on blood sugar levels. It also helps heal and repair muscle tissues, bones and skin.
Leucine - Leucine works with the amino acids isoleucine and valine to repair muscles, regulate blood sugar, and provide the body with energy. It also increases production of growth hormones, and helps burn visceral fat, which is located in the deepest layers of the body and the least responsive to dieting and exercise. Leucine, isoleucine, and valine are branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), and all three of them help promote muscle recovery after exercise.
Lysine - Amino acids like lysine are the building blocks of protein. Lysine is important for proper growth, and it plays an essential role in the production of carnitine, a nutrient responsible for converting fatty acids into energy and helping to lower cholesterol.
Methionine - 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.
Phenylalanin - Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid that is needed for normal functioning of the central nervous system
Threonine - Threonine helps maintain protein levels in the body. It also helps formation of tooth enamel, also prevents formation of fat in the liver.
Tryptophan - 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.
Valine - 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.

Roughly, on an average, 100 grams of finger millet provides 336 Kilo Calories.

Conclusion

From the above facts and figures, it's evident that Finger millet or Ragi is an ideal food for all age groups; especially the babies. As a baby food, Ragi is far better than the commercial counter parts without any toxicity or chemical preservatives. It is easy to digest, tasty and healthy.

How to prepare a Baby feed

Clean the raw Ragi by picking any foreign bodies or impurities by hand. Then clean with plenty of pure water and strain. Dry the strained seeds under the Sun or on a Dryer. Grind the seeds into fine powder and store it in an air-tight container.

For preparing a baby feed, take a scoop of this Ragi powder. Add a cup of water and stir well. Strain out the dissolved Ragi flour. Add one more cup of water to it. Put this watery solution in a thick bottom stainless steel vessel and bring to warm by continuously stirring the solution. Always use low flame. When it is sufficiently warm, add half cup of milk and sugar to taste. Bring to boil by continuously stirring the content. When it's a thick paste form, put out the flame. Cool the Ragi paste and feed the baby using a clean, sterilized spoon. Dilute the paste with boiled, warm milk if necessary.

Note: Use this preparation as soon as possible to avoid contamination. Use fresh preparation for each feed. Suitable only for babies of 6 months and above.

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Amino Acids, Baby Food, Finger Millet, Health, Natural Baby Food, Nutrition, Ragi, Wellness

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author avatar bronnamdi
3rd Mar 2011 (#)

Thanks for this information. My wife uses this finger millet for our babies. However, the way she prepares it is different from what you have recommended. But, the results are the same; nutritious food for babies and infants.

Thanks for this nice article. Write more soon.

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author avatar sungrace
3rd Mar 2011 (#)

Thank you bronnamdi. Please let me know the method of preparation used by your wife. May be I can learn a new thing. This is the traditional way of preparation used by our granny's in this part of the World. Thank you once again for the interest shown on my articles.

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author avatar bronnamdi
3rd Mar 2011 (#)

I will write a short article about that method as a follow up to yours and also link your article to mine.

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author avatar sungrace
3rd Mar 2011 (#)

Thank you. I'm waiting to read your article.

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author avatar bronnamdi
3rd Mar 2011 (#)

I have posted the article. It will become live after a moderator has approved it. Meanwhile, I also posted it at Qondio with links to your wikinut article and profile. A small way of thanking you for being my friend.

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author avatar sungrace
4th Mar 2011 (#)

Good day to you! Thank you very much for your support, dear friend. I wish you much success in life. May God bless you and your beloved family and friends.

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author avatar Denise O
5th Mar 2011 (#)

I read bronnamdi's article and I was intrigued. Yours is just as intriguing. I have never heard of it until I read bronnamdi's article. Nice read.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Dafeenah
5th Mar 2011 (#)

Wow. I never heard about this before.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
7th Mar 2011 (#)

Finger millet or Ragi is a great food for people of all ages.

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author avatar sungrace
8th Mar 2011 (#)

Thank you friends. As Rathnasikhamani said, it's one of the wonderful food for all ages. It's easy to digest and rich in nutrients.

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author avatar Aahuu.com
3rd Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you for the article of finger millet. A few days ago, I bought one kilograms of quality organic finger millet flour, So, explored your website about the baby's feeding through the millet. I too want to use it.

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author avatar sungrace
19th Apr 2011 (#)

I'm happy to know that this article is somehow useful to you.

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author avatar ashabari
19th Apr 2011 (#)

Nice article

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author avatar sungrace
19th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you ashabari

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author avatar Aahuuu.com
13th Aug 2011 (#)

I too have written somethings about food and health. If you find the infos useful, please write me. yours's fingermillet is very useful.

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author avatar sungrace
1st Oct 2011 (#)

@Aahuuu.com Thanks for reading this article. Sure, I'll.

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author avatar Anna
16th Jan 2012 (#)

Thaink this is a helpful article.I guess finger millet would be of great help to the aged due to its high content in minerals and easy digestion.What isyour feeling or comment? Can the guess be supported scientifically?

Thanks

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author avatar Noushad Koodaranhi
6th Dec 2012 (#)

Very nice article..What about Green banana food...? www.bvive.com

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