Similar to the paleo diet, ancient grains have risen in popularity due to their cultivation and consumption by ancient civilizations, such as the Egyptians. With increased manipulation and hybridization of modern grains like corn and wheat, there is somewhat of an allure in “going back to simpler times” and eating grains that are less processed and less likely to cause intolerance and digestive problems.
Besides their old-world mystique, there are a lot of reasons to love ancient grains. They are rich in vitamins and minerals, are versatile, and have antioxidants to boot. Quinoa, millet, sorghum, amaranth, teff, freekeh, chia seeds, farro, spelt, and kamut all qualify as ancient grains. All but the latter three are gluten-free.
While you most certainly can cook with ancient grains in the kitchen and make all sorts of tasty dishes, nowadays, you can also buy products that are infused with ancient grains. From chips and cake to pretzels and pasta, there are tons of products powered with ancient grains. Here are 15!