Already 8, 000 years ago, flat breads made of millet were eaten in China and Mesopotamia. Millet is not only the oldest, but also the mineral richest grain. Lush vitamins and nutrients make the small grains full, healthy and beautiful. Nevertheless, millet is rarely found in German kitchens.
Health care millet
Probably the most important feature of millet is that it is one of the gluten-free cereals. Although it is not very good for baking bread, it is a valuable food for people with gluten allergy, gastrointestinal problems or celiac disease.
Unlike many types of cereal, millet is not acid-producing but base-forming, which in turn leads to less slime in the body. Especially with colds and flu effects millet porridge is a recommended, healthy food.
But millet is a true beauty elixir even in everyday life. The contained silicic acid and fluorine strengthen the teeth, bones and nails and smooth the skin and hair and make it shine.
Millet - valuable ingredients for a healthy body
The healthiest is millet in its primal form, so shell. Millet, which is also called brown millet, has to boil for a long time until it softens and is therefore often only available as brownhirs meal. But processed, shelled millet, which is usually offered as millet flakes, millet barley or millet groats, is full of valuable ingredients. These include iron, which is important for blood formation and oxygenation, calcium, magnesium, B and E vitamins and provitamin A.
In addition to all the minerals and trace elements stuck in a millet grain about:
- 70 percent carbohydrates
- 10 percent protein
- 5 percent fat
This means that 100 grams of millet with 311 kilocalories to book - in 100 grams of unsweetened millet porridge, however, put only 120 kcal.
Slim and healthy thanks to millet
Not for nothing is the ancient German name "Hirsi" for "satiety, nutritiousness". The yellow grains swell up and fill the stomach so quickly. As a result, fewer calories are absorbed and blood sugar fluctuations are kept low. Millet can thereby protect against obesity and diabetes.
But although the grain tastes good and full, cooking with millet has been largely forgotten in Europe since the introduction of higher-yielding staple foods - potato, corn and rice. Whilst cereals are still very popular in North Africa and Asia, millet is today used mainly as bird food in Germany.
Cooking healthy recipes with millet
However, owing to its many beneficial properties, millet has recently gained importance in whole foods. Meanwhile, there are plenty of delicious millet recipes - from classic millet porridge or millet porridge to millet salad, millet casserole, millet dumplings, millet patties and even pizza dough with millet.
In any case, millet should always be combined with fruit or vegetables, so that the body can optimally utilize the many vitamins and minerals.