- Easy to digest, millet is gluten-free and rich in amino acids, especially leucine, cystine and phenylanaline.
- A 1-cup serving of cooked millet provides about 12 percent of the daily recommended amount of protein.
- The seedís dietary fiber ó 1 cup has about 9 percent of the daily recommended amount ó helps keep the digestive tract operating smoothly and lowers the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
- Studies have shown that fiber in whole grains like millet helps protect women against gallstones and premenopausal women against breast cancer. It also supports cardiovascular health in postmenopausal women.
- Itís a great source of B vitamins, especially niacin (B3), thiamin (B1) and B6, which play critical roles in the body.
- Millet is also rich in minerals such as manganese (an enzyme activator that improves bone structure), magnesium (which lowers cholesterol and the risk of heart attack and type 2 diabetes), phosphorous (which helps the body efficiently process carbohydrates, fats and proteins), and copper (which supports good metabolism).
- Millet is a thyroid peroxidase inhibitor, so if you suffer from thyroid-related diseases, you may want to avoid it.
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