Forgotten Grains Become New

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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.

  • EDEN Buckwheat is North Dakota family farm organically grown. Buckwheat is not related to wheat and is both wheat and gluten free. The triangular hulled buckwheat, also called buckwheat groats, is hearty whole grain that cooks in 20 minutes. It is alkalizing and deliciously mild tasting with a light texture. EDEN Buckwheat is energizing, strengthening, a good source of complete protein, niacin B3, fiber, thiamin B1, and magnesium. Buckwheat is also Nature's best source of the important antioxidant rutin that provides many benefits including the strengthening of capillaries.
  • EDEN Millet is North Dakota family farm organically grown yellow millet. It cooks up light and fluffy in 30 minutes and it too is alkalizing. Millet is mildly sweet and very versatile whole grain. Millet is one of the oldest human foods and believed to be the first domesticated cereal grain. Millet makes awesome faux ‘mashed potatoes’ combining millet and cauliflower. EDEN Millet is a good source of complete protein with all essential amino acids, fiber, thiamin B1, and magnesium.
  • EDEN White and Red Quinoa are family plot organically grown at over 12,000 feet on Bolivia's Andean high plain. Its cultivation is central to native culture. Red is a bit sweeter, while the white is a bit smoother. Quinoa is the oldest cultivated American whole grain staple food. Quinoa cooks up light and fluffy in 12 minutes. It has the best amino acid profile of all whole grain and provides complete protein. EDEN Quinoa was voted Women's Health ‘Top Food for Women’, and was a Vegetarian Times ‘Foodie Award’ and Grocery Headquarters ‘Trailblazer Award’ recipient.
  • EDEN Wild Rice is authentic and grown wild. It is harvested by the Minnesota Leech Lake band of Ojibwe Native Americans in canoes, as required by law. Traditional wood fire parching gives it a deliciously rich, nutty flavor. Wild rice is the only indigenous North American grain. EDEN authentic wild rice supports traditional Ojibwe culture and serves to protect this ancient, environmentally beneficial crop that is under destructive economic pressures. EDEN wild rice cooks up light and fluffy in 30 minutes. Selected by Vegetarian Times as ‘Best Go-To Grain.’ EDEN wild rice is a good source of complete protein, fiber, niacin B3, magnesium, and zinc.