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map of Asia and Africa, source of Millet

What is Millet?

Millet originated in Africa and Asia, where its still grows to be about fifteen feet tall in the wild. In China, farmers began cultivating millet around 4500 BC, and by 4000 BC, the people of the Sudan followed suit. Millet was one of the fundamental grains of ancient civilizations, and is even mentioned as a sacred crop in the Bible.

Benefits of Millet

Millet is very high in fiber and antioxidants as well as copper, phosphorus, manganese, calcium, B vitamins and magnesium and demonstrates the following health benefits:

  • Promote heart and cardiovascular health
  • Aides in the development and repair of body tissue
  • Lowers diabetes risk