All over the world, people have found ancient grains in tombs and other various archaeological sites. But such crops are still growing today and offer several benefits to health.
It’s easy to include ancient grains in your diet for better health.
Search your local grocery store, organic food shop, or online for these grains:
This small grain has been in existence for hundreds of years and is common in Ethiopia. It is rich in protein, fiber, calcium, and iron.
The ancient grain lets you shed weight and helps you control hunger. It is also helpful for managing diabetes by keeping blood sugar levels under control in the body. Furthermore, it has a low degree of saturated fats, with a nutty flavor.
Teff can be used for cooking, boiling, steaming, or baking. It is mainly used in bread and pancake blend. In Ethiopia, they normally use teff to make injera, a sort of sourdough flatbread.
- Indian ricegrass
This grain can be found in the United States of America and is famous among Native Americans.
Indian ricegrass is a wild crop found all over the southwest area of the country. It has an elevated protein and fiber content. Due to its similarities, the taste is frequently compared with wheat.
Indian ricegrass is generally made into flour and can be processed to bread.
Spelt is typically compared with wheat. However, it has higher nutritional content, with a nutty and sweet flavor. Spelt flour is a usual alternative for wheat flour, so it can be used to make bread.
Spelt is rich in niacin (vitamin B3) and supports energy levels. Niacin can help in lowering cholesterol levels. Spelt also contains essential minerals like zinc, iron, copper, etc.
Spelt contains mucopolysaccharides, which are complex-carbohydrates that reduce the speed in which the body processes the grain after it is consumed. This makes you satiated for an extended period.
The grain also contains plant lignans, associated with cancer and tumors prevention.
With a nutty taste and rich in nutrients, farro contains a high protein and iron quantity.
It comprises a complex carbohydrate that keeps you stuffed and a unique kind of carbohydrate, cyanogenic glucoside, which can help make the immune system stronger. Farro also contains fiber, which studies have revealed can reduce cholesterol levels.
You can substitute rice with farro in your recipes. Also, you can incorporate it into your diet by making use of it in soups.
Farro has a tough feel after cooking; therefore, it can be added to various salads. The grain can also be added to meatballs or different meat dishes. For an exceptional meal, you can combine it with pasta or steamed veggies.
Amaranth is an ancient grain containing lysine, an amino acid often lacking in grains, and supplies vital proteins. Also, it is rich in fiber and iron.
Amaranth has properties of anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory. Also, it helps to combat chronic health problems like heart disease. It can help in reducing fat and high blood pressure.
You can use amaranth for preparing porridges; therefore, it can serve as a replacement for breakfast oatmeal and cereals. If it’s initially toasted, it can also be taken as soups, salads, or other dishes topping.
Amaranth can be used as a soups thickener or a replacement for rice in recipes. The nutty and toasty taste of amaranth makes it easier to use in puddings.
Ancient grains have many health benefits and can be easily added to meals or snacks.
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