Millet is a delicious cereal grain that is much-ignored but has many valuable health benefits. Although it is a common ingredient in bird seed, it has much more benefits for human health. This high-quality, protein-rich grain is easily digested and is gluten-free so it makes an excellent alternative to wheat. Also, because millet is never highly refined, it retains all of its essential nutrients.
Millet is a small white, yellow or red grain with a mild, sweet flavor. It is a good source of fiber and protein, the vitamins thiamine and niacin, and the minerals magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper and manganese. It is also a good source of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin.
This gluten-free grain is considered to be one of the least allergenic and most digestible grains available; it is not acid-forming; it contains nearly 15 percent protein, is low in starch and particularly rich in the mineral silica. Silica is a prime ingredient of collagen, the body's glue that binds everything together, and is needed for healthy hair, skin, teeth, eyes and nails.
Tips for Using Millet
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