Gluten-free diets have gained enormous popularity in the last ten years. Whether a gluten-free diet is followed out of personal preference or medical reasons, this article will come in handy as you research your options.
Here are 5 naturally gluten-free wholegrains that are super healthy and nutritious!
Sorghum has been cultivated for centuries as feed for livestock and staple food grain for people in Asia and Africa. It boasts an impressive nutrient profile for being rich in vitamin B, magnesium and antioxidants with high protein content comparable to quinoa.
SIMPLY NATURAL’s Organic Sorghum (NEW product!)
- Product origin: China
- Mild nutty flavour, similar texture as barley
- Can be used as substitute of quinoa or rice
- Serve with salad, cooked as sweet/ savoury porridge
- Sorghum flour is also a popular gluten-free flour in baking
Quinoa, also known as King of Grains, is one of the most popular gluten-free grains. It boasts a good source of fibre and plant-based protein. In addition, quinoa is one of the few plant-based foods considered to be a complete protein source.
SIMPLY NATURAL’s Organic Quinoa
- Product origin: Peru
- Relatively plain taste thus versatile in cooking
- Serve in soup, salad, bread, porridge or muesli
Millet is known to be a diabetic-friendly grain attributed to its high dietary fibre content. Consuming millet is also associated with lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, making it a heart-friendly whole grain.
SIMPLY NATURAL’s Organic Hulled Millet
- Product origin: Holland
- Fluffy texture with sweet nutty taste (Toasting the millet before cooking will enhance its nutty flavour)
- Serve as salad toppings, porridge or breakfast cereals
Buckwheat contains more minerals than other cereal grains, such as iron, phosphorus and magnesium with lower phytic acid (a kind of anti-nutrient that inhibits nutrient absorption). It is a good source of rutin, an antioxidant that helps lowering risk of cancer, inflammation and hypertension.
SIMPLY NATURAL’s Organic Hulled Buckwheat
- Product origin: China
- Earthy and nutty flavour with slight bitterness (Roast before use to tame the bitter taste)
- Serve as side dish, add into soups, porridge or granola
Though many would classify corn as a vegetable, the corn kernel itself is considered a whole grain. Popcorn is another variety of corn that is relatively hard and resistant to moisture. Without adding sugar or unhealthy fat, it can be one of the healthiest snacks packed with fibre and polyphenol (a kind of antioxidant).
SIMPLY NATURAL’s Organic Popcorns
- Product origin: Hungary
- Naturally light sweet flavour and crunchy texture when popped
- Pop and lightly season with salt, herbs and spices
*Kindly be noted that all SIMPLY NATURAL’s grains are packed in facility that also processes gluten-containing ingredients like wheat, barley and rye