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11 Gluten-Free Grains

6.  Oats (make sure they are pure and uncontaminated):

Your grandma and the Scots ate oats because its inexpensive and grows anywhere. I eat oatmeal for its taste and nutrition and its many other benefits. Read all the benefits here:  10 Smart Reasons to Enjoy Oatmeal

There is some  controversy about whether oats is really gluten free.   Read here:  Is Oats Gluten Free?

7.  Sorghum (whole grain):

Sorghum contains large amounts of fiber, protein and nutrients.   In studies it has been shown to possibly inhibit cancer growth, protect against diabetes and help manage cholesterol. Sorghum is significantly more nutritionally dense than ordinary white flour. It is often eaten as a porridge but can also be ground into flour.

8.  Teff:

Teff leads all the grains in its calcium content, with a cup of cooked teff offering 123 mg, about the same amount of calcium as in a half-cup of cooked spinach. It’s also an excellent source of vitamin C, a nutrient not commonly found in grains.  It can be grown in areas that won’t support other crops.  The seed is so small it cannot be refined so is always a whole grain.

9.  Amaranth:

Amaranth contains significant amounts of B vitamins, calcium, iron and Vitamin C. Amaranth may help lower cholesterol. At about 13-14 percent, it easily trumps the protein content of most other grains. Amaranth was a major food crop of the Aztecs, domesticated between 6,000 and 8,000 years ago. The Aztecs didn’t just grow and eat amaranth, they also used the grains as part of their religious practices.

10.  Popcorn:

Movie lovers will be happy about this one! Popcorn has an abundant source of fiber and it has B vitamins and minerals such as manganese, magnesium, iron, zinc and phosphorous. Popcorn’s crunchy hull is rich in polyphenols—antioxidants that provide several important health benefits such as protection from coronary artery disease, protection from cancers, healthy blood sugar levels and prevention from premature aging.

10.  Montina (Indian Rice Grass):

Indian rice grass was a staple of Native American diets. Pure Indian rice grass flour is super high in protein and fiber with 17 grams of protein, 24 grams of dietary fiber, and 24 grams of insoluble fiber in just 2/3 of a cup.  It has a strong wheat-like taste.

All the above grains are recommended by the Canadian Celiac Association.

Note:If you are considering going gluten free or wondering if you should:

  1. Read Diana’s article on the Dangers of Common Gluten Free Products .
  2. Read the article:  Do You Need to Eat a Gluten Free Diet with Dr. Oz’s self test.
  3. Consider doing a Healthy BootCamp.  All of the recipes your receive for the BootCamp will be gluten free and particularly the upcoming Healthy Baking BootCamp which focuses on gluten free healthy baking.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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5:59AM PST on Jan 7, 2015

Information to consider

10:42AM PDT on Oct 19, 2014

All delicious. I love stove-top popcorn. Thanks for the post!

8:15AM PDT on Oct 19, 2014

I use many of these flours in a variety of baking and cooking. I bought some whole grain teff, but I have yet to use the grain, because I'm not really sure what to prepare it's so tiny. It's considered the smallest grain in the world and I can see why, there certainly isn't much to it.

10:06AM PST on Dec 11, 2013

great list! thanks

9:32AM PST on Dec 10, 2013

I hadn't heard of some of these grains. Thanks so much for sharing.

6:58AM PDT on Sep 26, 2013

Thank you Diana, for Sharing this!

11:47AM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

Thank you

12:52PM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

thank you for the article and great information

9:26AM PST on Nov 30, 2012


8:31PM PST on Nov 29, 2012

Thank you for the great information!

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