ALL ABOUT MILLET
One of the oldest foods known to mankind, millets were the first cereal grains that were consumed by human beings. Cultivated in East Asia as many as 10,000 years ago, this drought-resistant grain, in prehistoric times, was more widely eaten than even rice, particularly in what is now China and the Korean peninsula. Today, India is the largest producer of millet in the world and accounts for about 40% of the entire yield. It is known to be part of the staple diet from prehistoric times.
Millet has a mild flavour that pairs well with other foods. It is often mixed with other grains or toasted before cooking to bring out the full flavour. There are 2 main forms of millet are available in the market.
Can be boiled whole and eaten like rice. With a texture much like brown rice, millet can be used in pilafs, casseroles or most oriental dishes that call for rice, quinoa or buckwheat.
Can be ground into a coarse flour which lacks gluten, can be used in flat breads or mixed up to 25% with wheat flour for use in yeast breads.
This grain is rich in nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that provide many benefits.
1 ounce of Millet provide our body with
2.4g dietary fiber (10% DV)
31.9mg Magnesium (8% DV)
54.6mg Potassium (2% DV)
Protect heart health
Millet is one of the best possible grains to add to your diet if you want to protect your heart. It is a rich source of magnesium, which is an important mineral for reducing blood pressure and the risk of heart attack or stroke, particularly in the case of atherosclerosis.
Controls Cholesterol Levels
The high fiber levels in millet make for an ideal cholesterol-lowering approach. Dietary fiber eliminates dangerous bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) from the system while promoting the effects of good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol).
Recent research has revealed fiber to be one of the best and easiest ways to prevent the onset of breast cancer in women. In fact, women can reduce their chances of breast cancer by more than 50% by eating more than 30 grams of fiber every day.
Millet is a good storing grain which will store without any special considerations for one to two years. If you want to put millet into long term storage, package it inside air-tight containers and use oxygen absorbers. Stored in this fashion and put in a cool place, millet should keep well for many years.