I realize you may feel like you read the word “no” on this blog quite a bit.
- No out-of-season fruit
- No blue light at night
- No lectins
- No processed foods
I don’t do it because I want to restrict you… I do it because I’m looking out for you. Now, I realize that sometimes the process of changing your health habits for the better can feel like a lot of limitation. That’s why it’s high time for a real YES food.
So, say yes to millet!
Turns out, millet is delicious and can offer some incredible health benefits, like –
- Boosting your energy
- Helping regulate your blood sugar
- Promoting your gut health
- Boosting your respiratory health
- Helping to protect your heart health
- Helping to boost your immune system
So, What Exactly Is Millet?
Well, you may not have even heard of it before, you’ve probably bought it – it’s the key seed in birdseed. But it’s not just for the birds, believe me. Millet is a kind of seeded grass, and its many variations are actually grown all over the globe. Though it’s marketed as a grain, it’s actually a seed. It just gets labeled as a grain because of the way people prepare and eat it.
And lately, millet’s growing in popularity because it’s easy to grow, and can be cultivated in some pretty dry environments. So, it’s a perfect crop for lots of different regions, like parts of Asia, India, Africa, and the Middle East.
Now, even though there are different variations of millet grown all over the place, the most popular variation is pearl millet – aka Pennisetum glaucum. Pearl millet is a warm season grass, and newer varieties of pearl millet are being used for a variety of different food products – including beer.
You’ll usually see millet take the shape of –
And it’s lectin-free! Millet’s been getting a lot of attention lately because those with celiac disease have been gravitating toward it when looking for gluten-free options. Moreover, there are pretty good levels of protein and dietary fiber in millet, which of course only adds to it’s appeal as a food with significant health benefits.1
Protects your Heart
If you’re concerned about your heart health – and I don’t know a single adult who isn’t – millet grain is one of the best grains you can add to your meal plan.
The fact that it’s rich in magnesium means it could potentially help reduce your blood pressure and could also decrease the risk of cardiovascular incidents. Millet is full of potassium – also known to help keep blood pressure low.
Also, the high fiber content in millet makes it an ideal aid when it comes to lowering your cholesterol. That’s because dietary fiber actually helps to knock out dangerous bad cholesterol from your body, while at the same time, it pumps up the effects of your good cholesterol
Helps Boost Your Gut Health
One of my favorite things about millet is that it can work wonders for your gut. It’s great for digestion, especially if you’re dealing with the following issues –
Millet can help with nutrient retention. The high content of dietary fiber in millet also works to help eliminate waste, leaving your kidneys, liver, and immune system better off.
The Magnesium in Millet Can Help Manage Your Blood Sugar
Millions of people all over the planet struggle with high blood sugar. However, in countries where millet is a dietary staple, fewer instances of high blood sugar are found. Researchers attribute this to the high magnesium content in millet. Turns out, magnesium is thought to be one of the most important minerals when it comes to supporting your body’s sugar receptors. So, a hike in the magnesium in your diet really could contribute to managing your blood sugar levels and your insulin sensitivities.2
Boosting Respiratory Health
Turns out, millet might also help better your quality of life if you’re suffering from certain respiratory issues – and maybe it can even help stop the development of respiratory issues to begin with.
Wheat can be a pretty common allergen for folks who describe having to deal with respiratory health concerns, so perhaps switching from wheat to millet really does make a significant difference for those allergic to wheat. Millet simply doesn’t have the same negative effects as lectin-filled wheat.
If you’re working on switching to a lectin-free diet, allow millet to become a new go-to ingredient for you. You can make delicious bread using millet flour, or feast on a bowl of millet cereal and coconut milk. Enjoy the nutty flavor and fragrance!
It’s just another way to stay on the right path when it comes to your health, yet still enjoy the best nature has to offer. Give it a try! And the holidays are almost here, so check out my Millet Stuffing Recipe!
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