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Ancient Grains and Pseudocereals: Chemical Compositions, Nutritional Benefits, and Roles in 21st Century Diets

E.Mathew1 and M.Singh2

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora, IL, U.S.A. National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Peoria, IL, U.S.A. Cereal Foods World 61(5):198-203.

Studies have shown that inclusion of whole grains in a daily diet can reduce the risk of developing certain cancers and cardiovascular disease. As more becomes known about the nutritional benefits of nutrient-rich whole ancient grains and pseudocereals, the demand for food products that incorporate these ingredients is increasing, especially regarding their inclusion in gluten-free foods. This article describes the chemical compositions, potential benefits, and dietary roles of the ancient grains sorghum and teff and the pseudocereals amaranth and quinoa.

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