More and more people are realizing that they either have celiac disease, or gluten sensitivity, or just don’t do well on wheat.
This at first seems overwhelming since wheat is everywhere in our culture, but a little research will show there are many great alternatives.
Gluten free millet provides a host of nutrients, has a sweet nutty flavour, and is considered to be one of the most digestible and non-allergenic grains available. It is one of the few grains that is alkalizing to the body. Millet has always been a favorite grain of mine since I discovered it in my hippy days in the 70s!
Read about millet’s 12 health benefits, some interesting trivia and history, 10 tips how to use it, and 3 delicious millet recipes.
We use millet in our Healthy BootCamps. Besides all the health benefits, it is tasty and economical.
Quinoa is a Powerfood Vegetable Seed! Although referred to as a grain, it is actually a seed from a vegetable related to Swiss chard, spinach and beets. Quinoa is pronounced keen-wa not kwin-o-a. Learn its benefits, history, tips and cautions. Read all here: 8 Health Benefits of Quinoa – the Mother Food
3. Brown Rice:
Rice feeds the world! Three billion people worldwide depend on rice for over half of their daily calorie intake. Most of them eat white rice. Find out all the benefits of rice and which is better, white or brown at Brown Rice vs White Rice: Benefits and Cautions
4. Cornmeal whole grain (not corn starch):
Cornmeal is an excellent source of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and vitamin B-6. And cornmeal is good for: weak digestion, heart disease, high blood pressure, edema and gallstones.
Because corn is often genetically modified, one should only purchase organic corn or corn products. However, even organic-labeled corn does not guarantee it is GMO free. Most individuals get exposed to corn in so many products, often as a sweetener. If you are not eating it in packaged or junk food-form, corn can be a healthy addition.
Buckwheat is rich in flavonoids like rutin and a good source of magnesium. Buckwheat is good for your cardiovascular system. It’s a valuable food for those with diabetes, as it can be helpful for regulating blood sugar.
Note: These grains are the most common grains that a person tries when they start going gluten free. Read more less-known grains on the next page.