Information about Grains: Millet

About millet, information about the grains, production, history and uses, nutritional value


It is a complete food, being high in protein (with a good balance of amino acids), rich in minerals (high in calcium and iron) and vitamins, especially riboflavin--one of the most important of the B vitamins--and lecithin. It is often given to young babies who have trouble digesting cereals. In the U.S. and Western Europe, it is grown mostly as pasture and for hay, although it is still eaten by 1/3 of the world's population, and is an important staple in much of the U.S.S.R. and other areas of Asia, and western Africa. While millet is used as birdseed, it can also serve as a delicious breakfast cereal, or as a base for many meatless dishes. Millet is usually available at a health food store as whole millet, millet grits, millet flour, and a millet mix. Unhulled millet supplies more minerals than the hulled variety.

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