Super Grains: How different are they from regular grains?

Updated: Jul 27, 2021

Super Grains has been quite the buzzword in recent years owing to an increasingly health-conscious audience. But, many still wonder what exactly are Super Grains? Why are they better than regular grains? And while some dieticians have been recommending a grain-free diet, are Super Grains allowed? Well, the answer is yes unless you have underlying dietary conditions based on which your dietician has recommended not to consume grains.

Super Grains are those grains that contain complex carbohydrates, undergo the least processing, and contain many micronutrients other than just carbohydrates. They were mostly used in ancient times before grain processing technologies were developed. These grains are not only healthy to the body but are also planet friendly as they use 30% less water than grains like rice and wheat. Commonly known super grains are Quinoa, millets, Amaranth, barley etc.

Here is an introduction to commonly known super grains:

  • Quinoa: Although it is technically a seed, it is considered a grain due to it's texture and earthy taste. It has origins in South America and is a protein rich grain high in fibre. It is often consumed with salads and porridges.

  • Amaranth: Also a seed originating in South America but consumed as a grain. It is a gluten free grain that is high in fiber, minerals, aids in weight loss, reduces inflamation and cholesterol. Leaves of Amaranth plant are cooked with lentils (Toor Dal) in India.

  • Millet: A gluten free grain that has many other sub varieties like Sorghum, Finger Millet, Kodo Millet, Little Millet, Fox tail millet etc. Some of the millets originated in Africa. Each of the millet variety has it's own health benefits. For example, Finger Millet is rich in calcium and is traditionally consumed in South India as a porridge. Barnyard Millet is a low calorie, protein rich grain consumed as a porridge in Japan. Sorghum is used in USA to extract molasses.

  • Farro: Although not gluten free, Farro is highly nutritious. It contains a high level of antioxidants and fibre. It is a species of wheat and is traditionally consumed in Italy.

There are many other super grains like Buckwheat, Spelt, Barley, etc. We ll discuss more about each super grain in subsequent posts. Swap your rice and wheat with super grains today to help your body and the planet!

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