Forgotten Grains Become New

9 March 2016

Forgotten Grains Become New

March 2016

Whole grain, and some seeds widely considered grain and called pseudo-grains, have been the core component of human sustenance for millennia. Most cultures of the world have abandoned whole grains like buckwheat, millet, red and white quinoa, and wild rice, but these grains have endured and are regaining popularity as ‘ancient’ or ‘forgotten’ grains for excellent reasons.

In undeveloped countries 60 to 80% of human diet is whole grain, in the poorest countries it is 80% plus. In ‘developed’ countries grain consumption is approximately 30% of people's diet, with most of that grain being highly processed, nutrient stripped ‘refined’ grain, or in other words ‘empty calories.’

In pre-industrial societies whole grain consumption was universal. In post-industrial, modern monoculture societies, with the industrialization of food production and handling, whole grain food almost disappeared. The focus on cheap, long shelf life food as entertainment instead of sustenance, resulted in replacement of vital whole grain with ‘denatured’ grain derived carbohydrates in the form of white flour, white bread, refined pasta, polished ‘instant’ grains, and sugary, chemical-laden cold cereal. Shortsighted industrial food practices have been eroding quality of human life and the well-being of our civilization, slowly but steadily, ever since. Milling grain to refine it removes all of the germ and bran, and almost all essential fiber, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. Modern refined grain food is commonly cited as a major contributor to obesity due to their completely unsatisfying, chemically flavored, empty carbohydrates.

Today, as health in America continues its downward spiral, now rare authentic staple grains are regaining a place in the American diet. This is an appropriate, excellent reversal of people eating unwisely. Renewed understanding of their essential importance, benefits, and the joy of whole grain food are rapidly expanding. The USDA's Food Pyramid suggests three servings of whole grain per day. The FDA has recognized (guardedly) a whole grain efficacy by stating, “Diets rich in whole grain food and other plant foods, low in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers.” In addition to their superior protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrient, and antioxidants, whole grain helps the body burn 25% more calories per day, aiding in healthy weight management. They satisfy hunger longer and most thoroughly with complex carbohydrates and an array of phytonutrients. They also taste much better and are very soothing. What is old is new again - delicious whole grain that satisfies, soothes, and heals.

Nutritional Integrity Maintained

EDEN whole grains are quick cooking and are easy to include in meals. They are the finest examples of their varieties from local, authentically organic farms. Nutritional integrity is carefully looked after by Eden Foods to insure satisfaction from these ancient whole grains.

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