What is Pitimi?
What is pitimi? Pitimi is the haitian creole translation for millet. It's not just for the birds. It's packed with health benefits, is gluten-free, high in protein, fiber and antioxidants!
1 cooked cup of pitimi contains 25% of the daily value (DV) of phosphorous, 19% of the DV for magnesium, 8% of DV for phosphate and 6% of DV for iron, but what's most surprising is that it contains the highest calcium content of all cereal grains, providing 13% of DV per cup. As we all know calcium is crucial to maintain our bones healthy, but it also helps ensure proper nerve function, blood vessel and muscular contraction health.
Rich in antioxidants
Millet contains antioxidants that are linked to rapid wound healing, skin protection and anti-inflammatory properties
Promote heart health
Millet has a low glycemic index (GI) making it suitable for those with diabetes and a great replacement for rice since it's unlikely that it will spike your sugar levels. Additionally, it contains soluble fibers that may help reduce your cholesterol levels.
Now, all things must be consumed with moderation and pitimi is no exception to that rule. Excessive consumption of pitimi may lead to a reduced absorption of nutrients your body needs and may impair thyroid function. You can reduce these adverse effects by including pitimi as part of your balanced diet and also by soaking it overnight in room temperature water, draining and rinsing before cooking.
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