Spotlight On: Millet
This article is part of our Spotlight On series. Each month we shine a light on a powerful and important superfood that we love at Foodhak for its flavour and its impact on your body.
A humble grain? With superpowers? Yes, it exists and it's called millet! And this grain isn't just great for your body, it's doing its bit for the planet too. So, let's dive into the world of millet and discover why it's the superhero of grains!
A quick bite
Let's talk about what millet actually is. Millet is a small-seeded grass that has been cultivated for thousands of years. It comes in various types, including pearl millet, foxtail millet, and finger millet. But what sets millet apart from other grains?
Well, for starters, millet is incredibly nutritious. It's rich in fibre, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Plus, it's gluten-free, making it a great option for those with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease. And if that wasn't enough, millet is also a good source of antioxidants, which can help protect your body against harmful free radicals.
The main course
Now that we know millet is a nutritional powerhouse, let's explore some of its specific health benefits.
Good for your heart
Millet contains a type of fibre called soluble fibre, which has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease. Soluble fibre helps lower cholesterol levels and keeps your heart happy and healthy.
Aids in digestion
Thanks to its high fibre content, millet can help keep your digestive system running smoothly. It promotes regular bowel movements and prevents constipation. Which means you can say goodbye to stomach aches!
Feeling sluggish? Millet is a great source of complex carbs, which provide a steady release of energy throughout the day so you can skip the afternoon slump and feel invigorated all day!
Something on the side
Not only is millet good for your health, but it's also a friend to the environment which means you can be kind to your body and the planet at the same time. How's that for sustainability?
Millet is a drought-tolerant crop, meaning it requires less water compared to other grains like rice or wheat. By choosing millet, you're helping conserve water, which is especially important in regions prone to water scarcity.
Did you know that millet has a lower carbon footprint compared to other grains? It requires fewer inputs like fertilisers and pesticides, making it a more sustainable choice for our planet.
Millet is a versatile crop that can grow in diverse agro-ecological zones. By cultivating millet, farmers can promote biodiversity and reduce the reliance on monoculture farming, which can have negative impacts on the environment.
Something to take away
Millet is a big part of some of our signature and bestselling dishes proving that you seem to love the super grain as much as we do. It's even in the names of two of our best snacks - Seeded Omega and Millet Crackers and Ashwagandha Millet Brownies - so you know we mean business. And its slight sweeter taste makes it the perfect addition to our Ashwagandha Choc Chip Cookies as the perfect indulgent treat.
So, there you have it! Millet is not only a nutritional powerhouse but also a grain that cares for the planet. It's time to embrace the mighty millet and reap its health benefits while making a positive impact on the environment. So, why not give millet a try?