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12 Health Benefits of Millet

Food and Safety Tips:

Millet contains small amounts of goiterogenic substances that limit uptake of iodine to the thyroid. The “thyroid function inhibitors” can cause goiter when consumed in large quantities; this may explain the correlation between millet consumption and goiter incidence in developing countries where millet constitutes a significant part of the diet. Also, in some of these countries there may be a lack of sufficient dietary iodine.

What would life be like without millet? Fortunately it is readily available for me as it grows right here in my home province of Alberta. For those of you who thought that millet was just bird food, it is actually also a powerfood for us. Other powerfoods in this category include:

  • Brown Rice: Why it is better than white rice?
  • Oatmeal: 10 smart reasons to enjoy oatmeal and how to find the best.
  • Quinoa: This nutty flavored powerfood is pronounced keen wa.

Delicious Millet Recipes:
How to Cook Perfect Millet
Millet Pudding (Sugarless and Gluten-Free)
Millet and Buckwheat with Sunflower Seeds

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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5:17AM PDT on Jun 12, 2015

The millet has become the most digestible and non-allergenic grains which provide delicious flavor of grains. Gut Support

9:49PM PDT on Apr 6, 2015

thank for tis articel

11:21AM PST on Jan 27, 2015

Thank you

7:44PM PDT on Aug 18, 2014

Thanks for the post. Have to look into this. Always thought it was bird food :)

3:29PM PDT on Mar 26, 2014

This is a great article and very informative and useful. Cooking millet as I read. Thanks.

3:29PM PDT on Mar 26, 2014

This is a great article and very informative and useful. Cooking millet as I read. Thanks.

3:29PM PST on Nov 15, 2012


3:21PM PST on Nov 15, 2012

Great Information, Thank you

8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Always fascinating to read about different foods from around the world and how healthy some are. The best ones are organically produced and in some countries the introduction of genetically modified GMOs seeds is causing controversy with many trying to avoid these crops showing preference for the organically raised and healthier version.

6:23AM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

Great information, thanks. I will definitely try it.

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Some interesting ideas!

Informative. Thank you for posting.

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Good info, thank you

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