Millet is not just for the birds. When you find out all the benefits of millet nutrition, you'll want to include this ancient prized grain-like seed in your own diet!
Most people have not even heard of millet, much less understand the benefits of millet nutrition. And yet, millet is one of the best-kept secrets of our ancient ancestors. Traced back to its origin in China, millet has been used throughout the ages and across many countries.
For centuries millet has been a prized crop in China, India, Greece, Egypt and Africa, used in everything from bread to couscous, and as cereal grain.
Millet is even mentioned as a treasured crop in the Bible.
This tiny "grain" is gluten-free and packed with vitamins and minerals. In fact, while it's often called a grain because of it's grain-like consistency, millet is actually a seed. It's often used in birdseed mixture, but if you think it's just for the birds, you're missing out on important benefits of millet nutrition for yourself!
Millet is one of the four gluten-free grain-like seeds on the Body Ecology program.
Some of the key reasons millet is part of your healthy Body Ecology diet is because it:
- Does NOT feed pathogenic yeast (candida),
- Acts as a prebiotic to feed important microflora in your inner ecosystem
- Provides serotonin to calm and soothe your moods.
- Helps hydrate your colon to keep you regular.
- Is alkaline.
- Digests easily.
Millet is full of nutrients your body needs, such as:
- B vitamins
And that's not all. Many studies have been done on millet nutrition to identify its benefits for your health. Here are some of the findings1:
- Magnesium in millet can help reduce the affects of migraines and heart attacks.
- Niacin (vitamin B3) in millet can help lower cholesterol.
- Phosphorus in millet helps with fat metabolism, body tissue repair and creating energy (phosphorus is an essential component ofadenosine triphosphate or ATP, a precursor to energy in your body)
- Millet can help lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Fiber from whole grains has been shown to protect against breast cancer.
- Whole grains have been shown to protect against childhood asthma.
How to Select and Prepare Healthy Millet
Shiloh Farms millet is a delicious, easily digestible, organic hulled millet that can be delivered directly to your door! Make the most of your millet nutrition with organic Shiloh Farms millet!
Millet can be found in some grocery stores, often in the ethnic foods section. However, to get the most from your millet, choose organic hulled millet.
Here's how to prepare your millet:
- Rinse it off and remove any stones or unhulled pieces.
- Then soak or sprout your millet for 8 - 24 hours prior to preparing it, so that you remove the phytic acid that binds up minerals and enzyme inhibitors that make it difficult to digest.
- Another great option to prepare your millet for easy digestion is to add a small amount of fermented liquid such as BE Wholegrain to the soaking water. Let the soaking millet remain at room temperature for 48 hours. Add a teaspoon of BE Wholegrain Liquid or your favoriteprobitioic liquid to your soaking water; it's an excellent way to add minerals and will make your grains even easier to digest.
- Cook millet as you would rice but with more water (3 cups water to 1 cup millet). However, if you soak millet, you won't need as much water when you cook it. After soaking, try 1 cup of millet to 2 or 2 ½ cups of water. You determine how much water to use depending on how soft you like your grain.
- You will know your millet is finished because the dark yellow color will become opaque.
The Body Ecology Diet book is full of delicious, creative recipes to make the most of your millet nutrition.
If you are unable to tolerate grains, there are steps you can take to correct your digestion and add grain-loving microflora back into your system.For more information, read: Gluten Sensitive? Celiac Disease? Here's Why You Definitely Should Consider Eating these Fermented Grains.
Shiloh Farms Organic Gluten-Free Millet Grain is a high-quality and economical choice.
Try Some Millet Today!
As you experiment with new foods on the Body Ecology program, not only will you realize a whole new world of delicious options, you will also start to look and feel better.
Millet is a delicious way to start or end your day. Try some today and experience the benefits of millet nutrition that made it the prized grain of so many ancient cultures!
- Millet. The World's Healthiest Foods.
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