A two-day millet expo ‘Diabetes Free Mysuru-2020’ was inaugurated at the Nanjaraj Bahadur Choultry here on Sunday. The intention of the exhibition is to promote healthy food culture and to counter diabetes.
The event also highlighted the importance of millets such as Foxtail, Little, Kodo, Barnyard and Brown top. The exhibition, organised by Karnataka Farmers Market, was inaugurated by former speaker Krishna. Mayor B L Bhyrappa, Homeopathy Doctor Khadar and University of Mysore Department of Food and Nutrition Chairperson Dr Asna Urooj were present.
Speaking after inauguration, Krishna said that if people consumed millets twice a week, they could ensure a diabetic-free society. The government has to create awareness on healthy food culture and implement policies to get rid of diseases, he said.
Calling upon Mysureans to adopt a healthy lifestyle, Mayor Bhyrappa stressed on natural foods including millets that could be a boon to those suffering from diabetes.
No to polished millets
A punch line written on packed Foxtail said: ‘Say no to polished millets’ made people to realise the marketing strategy behind millet products. Explaining the facts behind millet market, programme organiser and farmer Anand said that while millets had a huge demand in the market, there were many food producing companies who are polishing them for better appeal.
“Polished millets lose its nutritious values which may not help counter diabetes. We have created awareness on using organic millets for better health. We need to focus on making Mysuru a healthy city in the country, he said.