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Healthy grains that can be bought in America instead of buckwheat


Source: Clever

We are all used to calling buckwheat the queen of cereals. And this is true, because it contains many useful vitamins, amino acids and trace elements.

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However, there are other equally useful cereals, such as quinoa, couscous, kamut, spelled and others, which are easy to buy in American stores or order online, says Clever.


Quinoa is a small, light brown grain with a pleasant nutty flavor when cooked. When boiled, quinoa becomes translucent, and each grain increases several times. Most importantly, quinoa is extremely rich in healthy fats like Omega-3s. In 100 grams of this cereal, they are about 15% of the daily dose required by a person. This cereal also contains many amino acids, the composition of which is very similar to the amino acid composition of milk. And everyone knows about the benefits of milk. Since quinoa is high in lysine, which is 25% of the daily value, this cereal will help you cope with hair loss and anemia. You can buy quinoa in almost any store, as it has recently become quite popular in Russia.

Kamut (wheat Khorasan)

Despite the intriguing name, it is just one of many types of wheat. 100 grams of kamut contains up to 11 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber, which is more than 30% of the average daily dose required for a person. Kamut also contains more than 15% of the daily norm of nicotinic acid, which is needed for the correct production of hormones, the proper functioning of the nervous system and the processing of fats with carbohydrates. Kamut can be consumed by people with allergies. However, it is not suitable for those who are intolerant to gluten. Kamut cooks very quickly - it is enough to pour the grits and put on medium heat for about 40 minutes. The grains of this wheat have a pleasant loose texture and bean flavor. The only disadvantage of this cereal is that it is very difficult to buy it in Russia.

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Sorghum - croup from Sudan. It gained particular popularity in China and North America. Sorghum has rounded grains whose color varies from brown to light beige. The use of sorghum is indisputable: according to the database USDA Nutrient Database, which is used by almost all US nutritionists, 100 grams of sorghum contains approximately 15% vegetable proteins, which is an extremely good indicator. This cereal contains a lot of thiamine (vitamin B1), which contributes to the functioning of the heart muscles, increases appetite and normalizes muscle function. The content of B2 and B6 in sorghum is also extremely high. These vitamins support the growth of nails and hair, as well as promote metabolism. Alas, this wonderful cereal has one drawback - a rather low digestibility, only 50%. Sorghum is best purchased on iHerb - there the price will be lower, and in Russia good quality sorghum is very difficult to find.


Abyssinian teff is an ideal cereal for those who are allergic to gluten or who are on a gluten-free diet. This cereal has small, rounded grains and a mild, slightly sour, nutty flavor. It has a high content of lysine - in this respect, teff is more than ahead of wheat and barley. Lysine is necessary for the body to maintain hair growth, as well as for the correct production of blood cells. Teff grains are extremely rich in vegetable protein, which makes them nutritious and beneficial to the body. They also contain a lot of vitamin C, which is important for the production of collagen, the creation of new blood cells and the development of muscle tissue. Teff can be purchased in supermarkets or online. This cereal is quite popular, which makes it more affordable than sorghum or kamut. Cooking it is very easy - it takes 15 minutes on medium heat for the porridge to be ready to eat, and excellent pancakes are obtained from teff flour.


The plant, which for a long time was popular only in its historical homeland - in Peru, is now gradually coming to us. The uniqueness of amaranth grains is that they are highly saturated with vegetable protein: 100 grams of cereal contains approximately 25% of the daily requirement for a person, which makes it extremely nutritious. Amaranth groats are rich in lysine. Due to the unique ingredient, namely dumped, amaranth is a strong natural immunomodulator. Its vitamin composition is also rich: B1, A, PP, B2, B4, C, B9. All of them help the body to function normally and without interruption. Ready amaranth groats have a caramel color and a slightly sweet aftertaste.

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