To be allergic or sensitive to the “Staff of life” is off-putting at first and people want reasons and alternatives.
Reasons will come soon in another post but here we are going to look at some of the other grains which are the “Staff of life” too.
Wheat has many alternatives so it makes sense to take a look albeit a brief look at the main contenders.
I could try to order these in order of a nutrient – that is, of how good they are for us and if I knew of a number we could use, apart from the basic anti-oxidant power I would use it. So for what follows I’ll use alphabetical order so we have
- and Teff
to look at.
So let’s start…
Amaranth was a staple food of the Aztecs and has been cultivated for 8,000 years. It is a gluten free grain and unlike many contains the amino acid lysine, making amaranth protein a more complete protein than most grains.
It is also, according to the Whole Grain Council the only grain to contain Vitamin C and the leafy greens contain vitamin A in the form of both beta carotene and lutein.
So who needs the GM so called “Golden Rice” when such a powerful nutritious food is so easily available? No one apart from the multinationals and vested interests selling it!
There’s an interesting quote on the possible medicinal powers of Amaranth that I know you’ll enjoy…
” More recently, molecular biologists in Mexico set out to study the bioactive peptides in amaranth’s protein and, in 2008, were the first to report the presence of a lunasin-like peptide. Drawing a blank on lunasin? It’s a peptide that was previously identified in soybeans and is widely thought to have cancer-preventing benefits as well as possibly blocking inflammation that accompanies several chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. ” Whole Grains Council http://is.gd/NxVWWb
Double helpings of Amaranth anyone?
This is an ancient food, found not just in South and Middle America but in India, and throughout the world. It has been baked into cookies and eaten by Space shuttle Astronauts as part of their diet. It grows easily in thin soil and cooks easily in 20 minutes in some boiling water.
Read the yellow highlighted bits above again and do yourself a favour and go buy some Amaranth!
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