This cereal is also known as varagu, kodo, haraka and arakalu. It forms the mainstay of the dietary nutritional requirements.
It has high protein content (11%), low-fat (4.2%) and very high fiber content (14.3%).
Kodo millets contain high amounts of polyphenols, an antioxidant compound, they also have high on fiber, low in fat. Kodo millet inhibited glycation and cross-linking of collagen. Kodo millets are good for diabetes.
Kodo millet is very easy to digest and is excellent for strengthening the nervous system.
Varagu rice is gluten-free and packed with vitamins, especially niacin, B6 and folic acid, as well as the minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. Kodo millets contain no gluten and are good for people who are gluten-intolerant. Adai, rice varieties can be prepared using this.