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12 Health Benefits of Millet

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12 Health Benefits of Millet

Millet provides a host of nutrients, has a sweet nutty flavor, and is considered to be one of the most digestible and non-allergenic grains available. It is one of the few grains that is alkalizing to the body.

Millet has always been a favorite grain of mine since I discovered it in my hippy days in the 70’s!

Read about millet’s 12 health benefits, some interesting trivia and history, 10 tips how to use it, and 3 delicious millet recipes.

12 Health Benefits:

1. Millet is alkaline and it digests easily.

2. The Hunzas – who live in a remote area of the Himalayan foothills and are known for their excellent health and longevity – enjoy millet as a staple in their diet.

3. Millet will hydrate your colon to keep you from being constipated.

4. Millet acts as a prebiotic feeding microflora in your inner ecosystem.

5. The serotonin in millet is calming to your moods.

6. Millet is a smart carb with lots of fiber and low simple sugars. Because of this it has a relatively low glycemic index and has been shown to produce lower blood sugar levels than wheat or rice. (Kamari and Sumathi, 2002)

7. Magnesium in millet can help reduce the effects of migraines and heart attacks.

8. Niacin (vitamin B3) in millet can help lower cholesterol.

9. Millet consumption decreases triglycerides and C-reactive protein. Scientists in Seoul, South Korea concluded that millet may be useful in preventing cardiovascular disease. Nutrition Research. April 2010; 30(4):290-6.

10. All millet varieties show high antioxidant activity. A team of biochemists analyzed the antioxidant activity; all varieties showed high antioxidant activity. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 9 June 2010; 58(11):6706-14.

11. Millet is gluten-free and non-allergenic. A great grain for sensitive individuals.

12. Millet’s high protein content (15 percent) makes is a substantial addition to a vegetarian diet.

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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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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

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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.

9:04PM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

Thank-you for posting this informative article. I know of some people (including myself) who could possibly benefit by using millet.

9:04PM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

Thank-you for posting this informative article. I know of some people (including myself) who could possibly benefit by using millet.

9:04PM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

Thank-you for posting this informative article. I know of some people (including myself) who could possibly benefit by using millet.

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