Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Recommended power Foods - Part 6 - Grains (continued)

Recommended Power Foods - Part 6 - Grains #3 and #4
(Information from The Power of Food - Bonnie Raffel R. D., Author)

#3 - Buckwheat and Buckwheat Flour - Buckwheat is not a true grain but the seed of an herb plant related to rhubarb.  Buckwheat does have more protein than rice, wheat, millet, or corn.  This food item is considered to lower cholesterol and balance blood sugars.  Also, toasted buckwheat is called "kasha", a Japanese buckwheat noodle called "soba".  Buckwheat flour is a rich source of nutrients and is gluten free.  Buckwheat flour can be mixed with whole wheat flour and used in bread products.

#4 - Brown Rice and Flour - When brown rice is processed the hull is removed.  One cup of brown rice is packed with nutrients that consist of: manganese, which is essential for energy production, a healthy nervous system, and produces antioxidant enzymes; and selenium, a mineral essential for a healthy immune system and thyroid metabolism.  Brown rice also provides a source of thiamine and niacin, which are essential for your nervous system and fiber needs.  Combine brown and Wild rice together for a change at mealtime.  Brown rice flour is processed with the bran and provides a good source of B vitamins and fiber, and is gluten free. 
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