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  clarification on ancient grains
  Posted by: old_user on Jun-03-09 11:27 AM (EST)
 

There is a bit of misleading info out there on the web about many of the grains mentioned. Here are a few points that I hope clear up some of that.

Kamut DOES contain gluten but not as much as bread wheat. Barley, several forms of wheat (possibly including kamut), pea and lentil were amongst the first domesticated grains in what is now Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Israel.

Quinwa is not a cereal, it is a plant closely related to lamb's quarters. Cereals are annual grasses that produce larges seeds like wheat, oat and barley. Buckwheat is sometimes referred to as a "pseudo-cereal" because its seed is ground up to flour and used like a true cereals would.Interestingly a close relative was domesticated in the Eastern USA before corn arrived from Mexico. Quinwa was domesticated by the Inca and is still grown in the Andes.

Amaranth again is not a cereal, it is a pigweed. The Aztecs certainly used more Maize (corn) than amaranth as well.

Yes the nutritional contend of most of these grains is greater than more "conventional" cereals. Plant breeding has focused on maximizing starch production in most modern cereals which has diluted out the protein and micro nutrient content.






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  ancient grains
  Posted by: drque on Jun-03-09 2:01 PM (EST)
she's right, ancients grians tend to be packed with protein and nutrients, but
A. Quinoa is from the Andes mountains in South America, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador, not the Mayan people in southeastern Mexico.
B. Einkorn, Emmer and Spelt are all older than Kamut, predating wheat. The DNA of spelt is somewhat different from the DNA of wheat. The DNA of Kamut is the same as the DNA of wheat and it is too similar to wheat for most people who have difficulties with wheat to tolerate it.
C. Quinoa and Amaranth are not true grains, although they are eaten like grains, they are not memebers of the grain or graminicea plant family. Quinoa is related to beets and spinach and the leaves can be eaten as a green vegetable.

 

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