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What's Good About Your Heritage Bites Cereal?
This heirloom whole grain cereal is an excellent source of fiber, offering 5 grams of fiber per serving. Diets rich in whole grain foods and other plant foods and low in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.
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Diets Can Benefit From a Variety of Grains
Wheat, corn, and to a lesser extent oats and rice, are the foundation grains of the North American diet. There are, however, many other readily available grains that can provide a welcome nutritional variety and interesting new tastes. Sometimes called "heritage" grains for their long history of cultivation, many of these grains provide nutritional bonuses outlined below.
An ancient form of durum wheat, Kamut bests its modern day counterpart with 20% to 40% more protein. The grain is also higher in lipids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals than common wheat. Richly flavored, Kamut has a sweet tone which has earned it the nickname "sweet wheat."
Nutritionally, this grain is a good source of niacin, thiamin, phosphorus, and zinc. Millet is also rich in phytic acid, a phytonutrient believed to lower cholesterol.
16% of Quinoa is protein which is comparatively higher than other grains such as wheat or rice. More importantly from a nutritional viewpoint, the amino acid profile of this protein is more evenly balanced than most grains. Minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, copper, zinc and iron also significantly higher in quinoa that in other cereal grains.
Buckwheat is the joker of the grain family because it is neither a wheat nor is it a grain - botanically it's a fruit from the rhubarb family! When processed, cooked and eaten like a cereal grain, however, it serves up an interesting mix of phytonutrients, now undergoing study by scientists. Rutin, for instance, is found in buckwheat bran and appears to play a role in managing blood cholesterol levels.
Amaranth is another varietal grain that packs a relatively higher level of protein - 15% to 18% - than wheat or corn and is also high in lysine and methionine, two amino acids not commonly found in other grains. This means that combining amaranth with other grains makes a complete, balanced protein with all nine essential amino acids.
Spelt has notable measures of iron and potassium, contains B vitamins, and is higher in balanced amino acids, fats, and crude fiber than common wheat.