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Why You Should be Eating Freekeh

Who Shouldn’t Eat it? People with Celiac’s gluten intolerance, or gluten sensitivity. It’s wheat, plain and simple.

Where Can I Find It? Freekeh is gaining in popularity in the U.S., so its availability is increasing outside of organic, specialty and ethnic grocers. I’ve seen it at a few well-stocked “mainstream” supermarkets here in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well.

How Do You Make It? Like you would make rice, but in half the time. Bring 1 part freekeh and 3 parts water to a boil, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.

How Do You Use It? Like you would barley, quinoa or brown rice: in breakfast cereals, in pilafs and risottos, in salads, in stuffed veggies, in soups and stews, you name it!

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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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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.


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1:45PM PDT on Oct 7, 2013

Thank you.

1:28PM PDT on Oct 7, 2013

Sounds easy to make and use as a substitute in many recipes. Thanks...will definitely look for it.

6:46AM PDT on Oct 7, 2013

Why, oh why, do we have to have the info spread onto two pages...?

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