I am going to start off by giving you a little history class on Millet as most people have never heard of it or even eaten it. Millet are part of the small seeded species of grains. Millet is grown all over the world for consumption of both humans and animals. They do not form a biological classification or scientific classification in biology, this is a method to group and categorize organisms by biological type. They are also an extremely hardy grains and are grown in difficult environments such as those at risk of drought. They have been cultivated in East Asia and western Africa for the last ten thousand years and recently in north america. The range of millet sold in North America for human consumption is called Pearl Millet. Pearl Millet has a more alkaline pH which makes it a really easy to digest.
Millet is one of our ancient ancestors best kept secret. Millet is a very tiny grain but is gluten free and packed with so many vitamins and minerals. The truth about millet is that it is really a seed and not a grain. Packed filled of fibre, protein, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins… Acts as a prebiotic to feed important microflora in your gut and provides serotonin to calm, relax and give you the feelings of well-being and happiness. Millet cooks like rice, can be flavoured with anything. Eaten as a side dish or as a morning hot cereal with brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon. Millet get confused with quinoa most of the time but they are two different grains. For a bag of 28 oz would run you for about $3.00 and would last you for many recipes.
Millet is one of the 11 gluten-free grain that are used in a celiac diet. The 11 grains are Amaranth, Buckwheat, Corn, Millet, GF Oats, Quinoa, Rice, Sorghum, Teff and Wild Rice’s.
Reasons why millet should be part of your gluten free diet:
- Doesn’t feed the pathogenic yeast called candida
- Reacts as a prebiotic to feed important microflora in your gut
- Provides serotonin
- Assist in hydrating your colon to keep you regular
- alkaline based diet allows you to digests easily
The nutrient Millet give and is essential for your body:
- B vitamins
The nutrition benefits identified from Millet:
- The magnesium in millet can help reduce the affects of migraines, depression, heart attacks…
- Niacin (vitamin B3) in millet can assist lowering cholesterol.
- Phosphorus in millet will help with fat metabolism, body tissue repair and creating energy
- Millet can help lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Fiber from whole grains such as Millet has been shown to protect against breast cancer.
I am not going to list all the benefits of Millet or whole grains cause you would be reading forever. Think of it this way natural foods better health.
Take a look at my newest power food creation. I called them GF Millet Coco Crisps, they are so yummy and healthy for you as you should know now cause you read my article on Millet. Yes people it is a power food but in this case it is a Power Desert square. Much better than your plan old Rice Krispy Squares.
Ingredients: Koala Coco Crisp ( Organic Brown Rice Flour, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Rice Bran Extract, Natural Flavour, Organic Cocoa, Organic Molasses, Sea Salt), Organic Millet Puffs, Butter and Gluten Free Mini Marshmallows.
Thanks to Gluten Free Ottawa