It seems like each week there’s a new superfood ready that will change your life. As long as you eat a few more goji berries and kale leaves, you’ll live forever, right? But new research has found a superfood that’s anything but new. In fact, this super grain is ancient news—literally. For thousands and thousands of years, people have been eating and reaping the health benefits of millet.
Keep reading to find out exactly why this super grain is just so super good for you.
Why Eat Healthy Grains
Eating gluten free has never been trendier, but for those not suffering from gluten sensitivity, grains aren’t the enemy. Let’s say it louder for those in the back: grains aren’t the enemy! In fact, healthy, whole grains make up an important part of the diet and have a ton of nutritional benefits.
Just a few of these benefits include:
- High in fiber to help you feel full and more satisfied after eating and support digestion
- Full of vitamins and minerals
- A surprising amount of protein
- Contains compounds that act as antioxidants
- Reduce heart disease
- Lower risk of stroke, cancer and type 2 diabetes
- Reduce inflammation
The list goes on. Whole grains in particular are a goldmine of nutrients and are a key part of a healthy diet, but getting enough of them can be a struggle.
The Benefits of Millet
Not all grains are made equal. Make way, oats and quinoa: millet is an unsung super grain and it’s time more of us knew its name. Millet is an ancient whole grain that’s been consumed for thousands and thousands of years—for good reason.
This sweet, corn-like grain is rising to the top of the heap thanks to recent research. The largest review of millet to date finds that eating millets can not only reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes but also help manage glucose levels for people with diabetes. The benefits of millet even helped some people with diabetes get into the prediabetes range, as well as offered preventative effects for those without diabetes.
Keeping blood glucose levels in control and helping to reduce the risk of diabetes is no easy feat: with one in three Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes, the need for game-changing meal options like millet and advice on how to eat more of them has never been higher.
How to Eat More Healthy Grains
It’s clear that we should all be eating more healthy grains, but easier said than done. Luckily, there’s a few ways to incorporate more healthy grains into your day to day. The easiest way is to replace refined grains with whole grain versions, such as choosing whole grain pasta instead of white pasta. Reap the benefits of millet as a side dish to your main meal or as a breakfast cereal, and you’ve already crushed one meal of the day.
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