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6 Gluten-Free Grains to Add to Your Diet

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6 Gluten-Free Grains to Add to Your Diet

Whether you’re sensitive to gluten or just wanting to eat less of it, here are 6 gluten-free grains that offer many health benefits:

Brown Rice

Unlike white rice, brown rice is high in fiber and vitamin E.  Vitamin E is essential for healthy skin, immune function, and many other critical functions in your body.  During the processing of brown rice into white, these nutrients are largely lost.  Brown rice also contains high amounts of the minerals manganese, magnesium, and selenium.  It also contains tryptophan, which helps with sleep.  Selenium helps ward off cancer.  Brown rice can easily replace white rice in almost any recipe:  soups, stews, stir-fries, and even to make a dairy-free milk substitute.


The name is a bit misleading.  Buckwheat is not related to wheat and is both wheat- and gluten-free.  It’s not even technically a grain but a seed that’s a relative of rhubarb.  It is high in fiber, manganese, magnesium, tryptophan, and copper.  Research shows that the regular consumption of buckwheat reduces the incidence of high blood pressure or high cholesterol.  The combination of vitamin C and the flavonoid rutin give buckwheat its ability to prevent blood clumping and to keep blood moving smoothly through blood vessels.  Canadian research in the Journal of Agriculture & Food Chemistry found that buckwheat may be helpful in the management of diabetes.


Similar in texture to couscous, millet is high in manganese, phosphorus, tryptophan, and magnesium.  Phosphorus is a key component of ATP—your body’s energy currency.  ATP helps ensure that your body has the energy it needs for every function. Tryptophan is the amino acid that helps your body make melatonin which in turn helps you sleep like a baby at night. Magnesium has been shown in studies to reduce the severity of headaches and asthma.  And, according to new research published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, foods high in insoluble fiber like millet can help reduce the incidence of gallstones.

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3:42AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

thank you

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8:23AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Interesting, have been following the gluten debate lately as I love whole grains and some are some schools of thought stating that wheat is not good for you. Am not sure if this is really true unless one is gluten intolerant.

Some even go so far as to say that wheat can cause difficulties with one's mental health but the jury is still out on that one! Love my whole grain breads for one thing! However, also love the alternative to wheat as they are very tasty!

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10:21AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

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12:49AM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

Irish cut oats are really good. But you can at least get old fashioned or steel cut oats at a relatively good price. Some of the other stuff is expensive.

Brown rice is relatively inexpensive, if you can afford to buy bulk.

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