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12 Health Benefits of Millet

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Trivia / Interesting Facts:

  • Millet was the main grain in China before rice.
  • In North America and Europe, millet has been grown primarily for animal fodder, pasture grass and birdseed.
  • The majority of the world’s commercial millet crop is produced by India, China and Nigeria.
  • Millet grows in stalks 1 to 10 feet high, and ripens in 60 to 90 days.
  • It will grow in relatively infertile areas, is drought resistant and matures in such a short time; great for growing in less agriculturally developed areas
  • Millet ranks as the sixth most important grain in the world, sustains 1/3 of the world’s population and is a significant part of the diet in northern China, Japan, Manchuria and various areas of the former Soviet Union, Africa, India and Egypt.
  • China, India and Niger are the world’s largest growers of millet today.

Millet Nutritional Information:

(for 1 cup cooked millet)

Calories 286
Carbohydrate (g) 57
Total fat (g) 2.4
Cholesterol (mg) 0
Saturated fat (g) 0.4
Sodium (mg) 5
Monounsaturated fat (g) 0.4
Thiamin (mg) 0.3
Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1.2
Niacin (mg) 3.2
Dietary fiber (g) 3.1
Magnesium (mg) 106
Protein (g) 8
Zinc (mg)  2.2

Data from wholehealthmd.com

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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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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.

4:09PM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

Useful information.

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