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Why You Should be Eating Freekeh

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Why You Should be Eating Freekeh


It’s a bit disingenuous to call freekeh the latest grain du jour. After all, it’s been around for thousands of years! But the Middle Eastern wheat product is finally getting the spotlight it has long deserved. The wheat product is a nutritional powerhouse, better for you in many ways than even quinoa or brown rice.  So what is the stuff, and why is it the latest and greatest superfood? Read on for everything you need to know about freekeh.

What is It? Freekeh is underripe  (green) wheat that is picked, sun-dried and roasted. The latter is what gives it its unique “smoky” flavor.

How Do You Even Say, “Freekeh?” FREE-keh. Not so hard!

What Makes it So Healthy?

  • It’s loaded with fiber — more than double the fiber in quinoa, and over three times the amount in brown rice. That’s a lot of healthy, ultra-filling fiber.
  • It also contains resistant starch, a carb that behaves like a fiber, and, like fiber, keeps you full.
  • It has plenty of protein, more so than other grains.
  • It’s easy on your stomach. New research suggests that high fiber foods help ease constipation and lowers your risk of developing diverticular disease.
  • What little fat it does have is of the heart-healthy variety.
  • It promotes eye health. Freekeh contains two different antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin, that help protect your eyes.

Who Should Eat Freekeh?

Trying to lose weight? Freekeh is the ideal option for you, because the fiber and protein fill you up on a per-calorie basis better than other similar foods.

Diabetic? Low on the glycemic index, it’s a good option for people with diabetes.

Vegan or Vegetarian? Freekeh is an excellent animal-free source of protein.


See Also: How to Dry Fresh Herbs

Image Credit: Kristen Taylor via Flickr.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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11:31PM PDT on Aug 11, 2014

Sounds interesting but there are no nutritional facts so I will have to go to another site.

11:31PM PDT on Aug 11, 2014

Sounds interesting but there are no nutritional facts so I will have to go to another site.

6:30AM PDT on Jun 23, 2014


Freekeh aids in fueling the growth of healthy bacteria. As a prebiotic, freekeh provides sustenance for the good bacteria that aid in digestion.

Freekeh is also high in resistant starch, meaning it will not digest in the small intestine. It continues to the larger intestine where bacteria breaks down the resistant starch into short chain fatty acids, now considered a soluble fiber, keeping the bowel healthy.

Some studies indicate that resistant starch (which acts more like a fiber than a carbohydrate) may play a role in weight management.

It is beneficial for preventing constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

2:06PM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

It looks like it's pronounced "freaky" LOL (yeah, inside this 48 year old man is a 13 year old that gets out once in a while...)

1:43PM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

Well I guess that I will give it a try.

3:11AM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

As quinoa can do a number on those w/ IBS, does freekeh have those same issues?

8:05AM PST on Mar 2, 2014

Sounds great. Care2 has me loving quinoa, so why not freekah? Hope I can find it at local health food store.


12:16AM PST on Dec 20, 2013


11:17PM PDT on Oct 20, 2013


1:45PM PDT on Oct 7, 2013

Thank you.

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