Crash Course On Ancient Grains

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The term Ancient Grains has been more commonly used in recent years, with many people adding it to their diets. Quinoa, Chia and Buckwheat, just to name a few, can now be found in health food stores all over the world.

So... What are Ancient Grains?

As the name suggests, Ancient Grains are grains that have been around for thousands of years. These grains have been cultivated and consumed in many different parts of the world, as their civilizations settled down and gave up the nomadic lifestyles. However, due to a strong preference for greater efficiency and higher yielding crops, many of these grains were sidelined, and were recently ‘discovered’ by the west again. The modern wheat, for instance, that we most often see today, is often chosen for its high yields and efficient milling processes.
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Why are they important?

Nutritional advantages

Also described as “Super Grains”, Ancient Grains are packed with nutrients and minerals. Many of them contain very high levels of protein and fiber. Specifically, millet is known for its high amounts of manganese, copper and magnesium.

Less refined

Ancient Grains are normally cooked in their “whole-grain” forms, which contains more nutrition than refined and processed alternatives. They are eaten with the natural bran and germ to get maximum health benefits.

Unique tastes and textures

Ancient Grains add rustic, old-world flavor into our kitchens. They can add interesting flavors to our meals and is a great for those looking for gluten-free or wheat-free alternatives.


Ancient Grains continue to be grown just like back in the old days. Many of them are even grown organically, which is great for the soil and the environment.

Here’s are some Ancient Grains you can try today:
  • Amaranth
  • Buckwheat
  • Chia
  • Kamut
  • Millet
  • Oats
  • Quinoa
  • Rye
  • Sorghum
  • Spelt
  • Teff
Start adding them into your diets and eat like people have centuries ago. How cool is that?
This article was contributed by Jody Ang.

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