“Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.”
— Author Unknown
… that today is Chop Suey Day? Legend has it that, while visiting New York City in 1896, Chinese ambassador Li Hung Chang’s cooks invented the dish for his American guests at a dinner. The dish was supposedly created to satisfy both Chinese and American tastes. The Chinese diplomat was trying to create good relations with the U.S. And you know the old saying, “The way to a person’s heart is through his or her stomach!” Whether or not the tale is entirely true, enjoy some chop suey today! 😉
|WORD OF THE DAY|
|Examples of Acrological in a sentence
“My daughter wrote an acrological poem of the word ‘Mother’ for my wife’s birthday.”
“The ordering isn’t alphabetical, but it is acrological.”
When it comes to performing at your best, even 10 minutes can make more of a difference than a cup of coffee.
My dad’s thoughtful approach to discussing race and family relationships made me rethink what I took for granted.
M O R E G R E A T R E A D S
The red ball sat proudly at the top of the toybox. It had been the last to be played with and anticipated it would be the next as well. The other toys grumbled beneath. At one time each had held the spot of the red ball, but over time they had sunk deeper and deeper into the toy box.
Love BirdsMeaning: A pair of people who have a shared love for each other.
Hard Pill to SwallowMeaning: Something that’s difficult to accept.
Ugly DucklingMeaning: One who may seem plain at first in appearance or capability, but later turns out to be beautiful or great.
Playing For KeepsMeaning: Said when things are about to get serious.
All Greek To MeMeaning: When something is incomprehensible due to complexity; unintelligble.
Did you ever sneak outside your house after you were supposed to be asleep?
Try to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon with no liquid.
Never have I ever been to Disney World.
Would you rather have free coffee or free ice-cream for the rest of your life?
The first jet aircraft was invented in Nazi Germany. Development started in 1936, but first takeoff occurred in 1939.
“Do you train for passing tests or do you train for creative inquiry?”
– Noam Chomsky
Even the path of ten thousand miles begins with a single step.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. (Lao Tzu)
There’s only one you in the entire world, so don’t try to be somebody else.
Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! (Dr. Seuss)
Cry When You Bleed, Laugh When You Eat.
A Mess Of A Guess.
Using Chairs As Tables.
Hate Of An Angel.
Imagination Is A Powerful Ally.
“The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.”
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“Only an artist can interpret the meaning of life.”
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not but a prayer
I beg for forgiveness
a tormented heart
a burial shroud on the table, a scarlet tear
an instant, a day
not but a gift
you once promised me an eternity
Asking sweet embrace
Cooling down and sweet goodbyes
Frog jumps over there
Where are you headed? The choices you’re making, the effort, the sacrifices—where is the destination?
We make choices every day about our destination. And because of those choices, we go on a journey.
Along that journey, we take risks but we also experience an internal narrative about those risks.
And so, destinations, risks (perceived and actual) and journeys define our lives.
It’s possible you’ve come to the conclusion that the destination you’ve chosen isn’t for you. That being a pop star, a successful VP of accounting or a receptionist with a secure position isn’t a life you’d like to lead.
But don’t confuse that with the journey. Maybe you’d be happy with the pot of gold at the end of your rainbow, but it’s entirely possible you don’t want to suffer the discomfort and indignities and effort it will take to get to that destination, that you’d like an easier path. You’ll happily take the destination but the truth is, the journey is too arduous.
And don’t confuse that with your imagining of the risks along the way. It might be that you want the destination, that you are willing to put up with (or even delight in) the journey but your narrative of the risks and dangers are just too much to handle.
When we conflate the destination with the journey with the narrative of the risks, we have no hope of improving any of the three. Instead, we often pushed to throw out all three at once or embrace them all. But it’s possible, with effort and planning, to make the journey more palatable or the risks feel more tolerable.
The destination isn’t the journey. And our narrative of the actual risks is up to us.
Did you know…
… that today is Beatles LIFE Cover Day? The Beatles appeared on the cover of LIFE magazine on this day in 1964. The article inside, There Stood the Beatles as the Battle Smoke Lifted, chronicled their arrival at San Francisco’s airport and the Beatlemania that ensued. It was followed by The Cool Brain Behind the Bonfire, featuring their manager, Brian Epstein. Good reading!
Today’s Inspirational Quote:
“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”
— Lou Holtz
Advice for new entrepreneurs: There’s nothing better than advice from someone who has been there, done that, and got the t-shirt. In this cool article we pull together quotes and top tips for budding ‘wantrepreneurs’ from our previous interviews. Check out what these founders and VCs have to say.
EU-Startups Job Board: There’s still a little bit of time left to take advantage of our free job posts option on the EU-Startups Job Board. By allowing free job postings until September 7, we aim to support startups and job seekers during the current crisis.
How did you make your first money? From delivering newspapers, to classroom business, many of Europe’s top founders began their entrepreneurial journey with making their first pocket money. Here is what they learnt, and how this often inspired the direction of their success today. What about yourself?
Advertising opportunities: Did you know that EU-Startups reaches over 350,000 founders, startup enthusiasts and investors per month? If you’re interested to work with us and to reach this exciting audience, you can find/request more info about our readership and advertising options here.
It’s an e-scooter summer: While e-scooters were officially illegal for use in public areas in the UK due to safety concerns, this summer the UK Government brought in new regulations for socially-distanced urban transport, including e-scooter trials. Now the race is on! 🙂 Check out our latest updates about Dublin-based Zipp Mobility, Berlin-based TIER, Stockholm-based Voi, and UK’s Beryl. Soon we’ll be running another ‘startup battle’ to compare the leaders in the European e-scooter race – stay tuned. 🙂
Short update from our side: Behind the scenes we’re working hard on the launch of CLUB – the EU-Startups Membership program. We’re busy putting together some interesting packages for you, and are excited to finally launch this by September 7!
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Celestial Father, redeemer of souls, temptation took hold of me in a moment of weakness. Have mercy on me, I did not love others as you do. Liberate me of my darkness, allow me to prove myself once more. I put my fate in your hands so I may delight in your will.
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Art of perfection.
Push the boundaries.
We believe in you.
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What Is Millet? Nutrition, Benefits, and More
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Millet is a cereal grain that belongs to the Poaceae family, commonly known as the grass family (1).
It’s widely consumed in developing countries throughout Africa and Asia. While it may look like a seed, millet’s nutritional profile is similar to that of sorghum and other cereals (2Trusted Source).
Millet has gained popularity in the West because it’s gluten-free and boasts high protein, fiber, and antioxidant contents (3Trusted Source).
This article reviews everything you need to know about millet, including its nutrients, benefits, and downsides.
Millet is a small, round whole grain grown in India, Nigeria, and other Asian and African countries. Considered an ancient grain, it’s used both for human consumption and livestock and bird feed (4, 5Trusted Source).
It has multiple advantages over other crops, including drought and pest resistance. It’s also able to survive in harsh environments and less fertile soil. These benefits stem from its genetic composition and physical structure — for example, its small size and hardness (4, 5Trusted Source, 6Trusted Source).
Although all millet varieties belong to the Poaceae family, they differ in color, appearance, and species.
This crop is also divided into two categories — major and minor millets, with major millets being the most popular or commonly cultivated varieties (4).
Major millets include:
- proso (or white)
- finger (or ragi)
Minor millets include:
- adlay (or Job’s tears)
Pearl millet is the most widely produced variety intended for human consumption. Still, all types are renowned for their high nutritional value and health benefits.
SUMMARYMillet is a small cereal grain that belongs to the grass family. Resilient in harsh environments, it’s commonly cultivated in Asian and African countries.
Like most cereals, millet is a starchy grain — meaning that it’s rich in carbs. Notably, it also packs several vitamins and minerals (4).
One cup (174 grams) of cooked millet packs (7Trusted Source):
- Calories: 207
- Carbs: 41 grams
- Fiber: 2.2 grams
- Protein: 6 grams
- Fat: 1.7 grams
- Phosphorus: 25% of the Daily Value (DV)
- Magnesium: 19% of the DV
- Folate: 8% of the DV
- Iron: 6% of the DV
Calcium is necessary to ensure bone health, blood vessel and muscular contractions, and proper nerve function (12Trusted Source).
SUMMARYMillet is a starchy, protein-rich grain. It provides plenty of phosphorus and magnesium — and finger millet packs more calcium than any other cereal.
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Millet is rich in nutrients and plant compounds. Therefore, it may offer multiple health benefits.
Rich in antioxidants
Millet is rich in phenolic compounds, especially ferulic acid and catechins. These molecules act as antioxidants to protect your body from harmful oxidative stress (10Trusted Source, 13Trusted Source, 14Trusted Source, 15Trusted Source, 16Trusted Source).
May help control blood sugar levels
Thus, millets are considered an ideal grain for people with diabetes.
For instance, a study in 105 people with type 2 diabetes determined that replacing a rice-based breakfast with a millet-based one lowered blood sugar levels after the meal (21Trusted Source).
A 12-week study in 64 people with prediabetes gave similar results. After eating 1/3 cup (50 grams) of foxtail millet per day, they experienced a slight reduction in fasting and post-meal blood sugar levels, as well as a decrease in insulin resistance (22Trusted Source).
Insulin resistance is a marker for type 2 diabetes. It occurs when your body stops responding to the hormone insulin, which helps regulate blood sugar (23Trusted Source).
What’s more, in a 6-week study in rats with diabetes, a diet containing 20% finger millet led to lower fasting blood sugar levels and a drop in triglyceride and cholesterol levels (24Trusted Source).
May help lower cholesterol
Millet contains soluble fiber, which produces a viscous substance in your gut. In turn, this traps fats and helps reduce cholesterol levels (10Trusted Source).
Additionally, millet protein may help lower cholesterol.
A study in mice with type 2 diabetes fed them a high fat diet with millet protein concentrate. This led to a decrease in triglyceride levels and significant increase in adiponectin and HDL (good) cholesterol levels, compared with the control group (26Trusted Source).
Adiponectin is a hormone with an anti-inflammatory effect that supports heart health and stimulates fatty acid oxidation. Its levels are usually lower in people with obesity and type 2 diabetes (27Trusted Source, 28Trusted Source).
Fits a gluten-free diet
Gluten is a protein that occurs naturally in grains like wheat, barley, and rye. People with celiac disease or gluten intolerance must avoid it because it triggers harmful digestive symptoms, such as diarrhea and nutrient malabsorption (29Trusted Source).
When shopping for millet, you should still look for a label that certifies it gluten-free to ensure it hasn’t been contaminated with any gluten-containing ingredients.
SUMMARYMillet is a gluten-free grain that’s rich in antioxidants, soluble fiber, and protein. In particular, it may lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Despite millet’s multiple health benefits, it also contains antinutrients — compounds that block or reduce your body’s absorption of other nutrients and may lead to deficiencies (31Trusted Source).
One of these compounds — phytic acid — interferes with potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, and magnesium uptake. However, a person with a balanced diet isn’t likely to experience adverse effects.
Other antinutrients called goitrogenic polyphenols may impair thyroid function, causing goiter — an enlargement of your thyroid gland that results in neck swelling.
Nevertheless, this effect is associated only with excess polyphenol intake.
For example, one study determined that goiter was significantly more prevalent when millet provided 74% of a person’s daily calories, compared with only 37% of their daily calories (31Trusted Source, 32Trusted Source).
Furthermore, you can lower millet’s antinutrient content significantly by soaking it overnight at room temperature, then draining and rinsing it before cooking (4).
Plus, sprouting reduces antinutrient content. Certain health food stores sell sprouted millet, though you can also germinate it on your own. To do so, place soaked millet in a glass jar and cover it with a cloth that’s secured with a rubber band.
Turn the jar upside down, rinsing and draining the millet every 8–12 hours. You’ll notice small sprouts beginning to form after 2–3 days. Drain the sprouts and enjoy them right away.
SUMMARYAntinutrients in millet block your body’s absorption of certain minerals, though this is unlikely to affect you if you consume a balanced diet. Soaking and sprouting may reduce this grain’s antinutrient levels.
Millet is a versatile ingredient that makes a good rice replacement when cooked whole.
To prepare it, just add 2 cups (480 mL) of water or broth per 1 cup (174 grams) of raw millet. Bring it to a boil, then simmer it for 20 minutes.
Remember to soak it overnight before cooking to lower its antinutrient content. You may also toast it in a pan before cooking to enhance its nutty taste.
Millet is also sold as a flour.
In fact, research suggests that making baked goods with millet flour significantly enhances their nutritional profile by increasing their antioxidant content (33Trusted Source).
Additionally, this grain is processed to make snacks, pasta, and nondairy probiotic beverages. In fact, fermented millet acts as a natural probiotic by providing live microorganisms that benefit your health (4, 8Trusted Source, 34Trusted Source).
You can enjoy millet as a breakfast porridge, side dish, salad add-in, or cookie or cake ingredient.
SUMMARYMillet is not only available as a whole grain but also a flour. You can use it in a variety of dishes, including porridge, salad, and cookies.
Millet is a whole grain that’s packed with protein, antioxidants, and nutrients.
It may have numerous health benefits, such as helping lower your blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Plus, it’s gluten-free, making it an excellent choice for people who have celiac disease or follow a gluten-free diet.
Its nutty taste and versatility make it well worth trying.