What are Ancient Grains?
According to the Whole Grains Council, “we generally deﬁne ancient grains loosely as grains that are largely unchanged over the last several hundred years.”
“Ancient Grains.” Ancient Grains | The Whole Grains Council, wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/whats-whole-grain/ancient-grains.
These ancient grains are generally less processed than modern, more refined grains and, therefore, contain more fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Similarly, most of these ancient grains do not contain the altered modern-day gluten. “…studies have linked ancient grain consumption to health benefits, such as lower heart disease risk, better blood sugar control, and improved digestion.”
Raman, Ryan. 12 Healthy Ancient Grains, Healthline, 24 May 2019, www.healthline.com/nutrition/ancient-grains.
Many people have noticed a change in how they feel when they replace these modern grains with ancient ones. As Health & Wellness Coaches, we work with clients on their food choices and with these dietary grain changes, they have noticed an increase in energy, improved concentration, and less digestive complaints. Some of the more common ancient grains are kamut, emmer, teff, millet, and amaranth, to name but a few. It is also possible to replace modern wheat with other gluten-free options, for example, rice, oats, buckwheat, and quinoa.