Ancient grains are a group of grains that have seen a huge increase in demand recently. Much more than the everyday regular grains, they have great benefits to the health. Ancient grains are rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants, of which some of them are gluten-free. Below are some ancient grains that can help boost your health:
Amaranth is a gluten free tiny seed, derived from the Greek word for ‘everlasting’. It is rich in calcium , vitamin B, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. It is also known to contain all the essential amino acids, which includes lysine; its protein content is about 13% or 36 grams per cup, which is quite high compared to other grains. You can use it for stews, sauces, and thickening soups for more additional benefits.
Spelt is also known as dinkel wheat; it resembles wheat but it has a higher vitamin A, protein, and iron. Its gluten has a different molecular weight that makes it easily digested compared to the regular wheat. Spelt has 5 mg of heart friendly niacin per cup, and is also rich in copper and magnesium. It can be used in soups and muffins.
Millet is a tiny, round grain that has about 15% protein. It contains really low simple sugars, and can be recommended for those trying to cut down on their sugar levels. Its magnesium rich content can help to lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
4. Khorasan (Kamut)
Khorasan is known to be a high energy wheat with about 40% protein content and other rich nutrients such as amino acids, vitamins, lipids, and minerals. It can be recommended for those looking to cut down on their cholesterol levels.
Teff is a teeny, tiny grain rich in dietary fibers, iron, protein, and calcium; it is 50% higher in protein and 5 times higher in fiber than brown rice, which makes it a better option. It can be found in anything from gluten-free flour to porridge. You can cook it on the hob with water to create a porridge-style consistency.
Ancient grains are much better than the regular grains, and we encourage you to give any of these a try. You just might fall in love with them.
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