Often times when we ask our customers if they want brown rice, millet or half and half with their Buddha Bowl or Tofu Poke Bowl they say, “What’s millet?” Well…that’s a good question!
Millet is technically a seed, but it is usually classified as a grain from a culinary perspective. It is quite bland in flavor but packs a huge nutritional punch! In America, millet is usually found in bird seed mixes, but trust me this delicious “grain” is not just for the birds. It is gluten-free and is the most alkaline of all grains. Millet has been used to treat candida yeast overgrowth, and it helps to reduce sugar cravings. Millet has a fair amount of protein (15% – one of the highest among the grains) and is rich in B vitamins, iron, magnesium and potassium. Millet has more fiber than brown rice and it a heart-healthy choice, which acts as a co-factor for more than 300 enzymes. In fact, recent studies have suggested that eating millet is linked to protecting against atherosclerosis, ischemic stroke, diabetes, insulin resistance, and obesity.
In comparison, although brown rice is not as nutritious as millet, it is a delicious grain (this is actually a real grain) that has many health benefits. For example, it is full of B vitamins, iron, vitamin E, amino acids and provides complex carbohydrates, which gives the body a steady supply of energy. Like millet, it has a fair amount of protein (10%) and is also gluten-free. The consumption of brown rice has been linked to reducing mental depression and calming the nervous system. It also reduces cholesterol through a compound it contains called, oryzanol.
So, if you’ve never tried millet before, we suggest you choose the half and half option so that you can enjoy the many benefits and flavor of these two healthy “grains” found on our menu at ʻAi Love.