They may be as old as the hills, but it’s our ancient grains that are dominating the health and nutrition trends at the moment. Here’s a quick guide on the main grains and why this is one trend you should totally be trying out for yourself.
Typically referred to as a ‘pseudo-cereal’, amaranth has grown in popularity in recent times, mainly due to the fact that it’s gluten-free. It is, however, also high in minerals such as calcium, iron and carotenoids (important for your vision and cell protection).
Now, this one we are pretty sure you will be familiar with. Like amaranth, quinoa is gluten-free, making it a great alternative to wheat and rice. Interestingly, quinoa is one of the few grains that contains all nine amino acids (the ‘building blocks’ of the body) and is also high in fibre, iron, calcium and vitamin E (important in cell protection).
If you haven’t previously heard of freekah, it’s time you made yourself familiar with this particular ancient grain. High in fibre and protein, freekah is also a great source of manganese, which we need to form connective tissue as well as bones and sex hormones.
Again, the chances are that you already know quite a bit about spelt, but are you aware that it’s actually higher in protein than wheat is? Spelt is also rich in vitamin B6 (which helps many of the major systems in your body to function, and is really important in the production of the ‘happy hormone’ serotonin) and niacin (said to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels and cardiovascular health).
Referred to as a ‘super food’, teff is commonly used in the making of sourdough flatbreads. Gluten-free, teff is a great source of iron and protein, and is also believed to help alleviate the symptoms of PMS.
Also known as emmer, farro is a nutty-tasting grain that is packed with vitamin B and zinc (a trace element needed in small quantities to regulate your immune system and promote healing).