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Apollo Hospitals works with millets growing women for hospitals diet


In partnership with more than 5,000 women farmers working with the Deccan Development Society (DDS), Apollo Hospitals Hyderabad has initiated the use of millets as part of its diet.

The health care group has already acquired 4,000 kg of millet and will purchase another 1,000 kg of millet each month to support women farmers in the Sangareddy district of Telangana.

The use of millet will become a key feature of Hyderabad’s dining areas and menus at Apollo Hospitals. As physicians begin to enjoy the health benefits of millet, eating habits can slowly shift to healthier eating patterns for society as a whole.

Upasana Konidela, the Vice-Chairman of the Apollo Hospitals Group,  said in a statement that, “Our goal is to enrich the lifestyle of women farmers with good health, wealth and strength through education and skills training. It’s time for us to take care of our water table, eat and get the locals to live a healthier life.

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Cereals like Rice and wheat have held an important position in our household and economy for a long time. While they are satisfying, a significant percentage of the population continue to experience an increase in lifestyle diseases with their excess consumption.

Crops like rice consumes approximately 4,000 liters of water to grow about one kg of produce. These crops strain the water table reserves, causing adverse environmental effects. In terms of water consumption, millet uses only 25-30% of the water needed to grow rice.

Such healthier and environmentally friendly options can help to stall climate change and have a positive effect on our digestive tract.

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Millets are superior to rice due to their rich protein content, fiber, iron and calcium stuff. They offer good nutritional safety and protect a deficiency in nutrition. Consuming millet automatically controls the size of the portion and also reduces the overall diabetic incidence of the community.

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