Gluten-free whole grains to add to your diet
Despite the fact that they're gluten free, packed with fiber and rich in essential nutrients, certain whole grains such as quinoa, wild rice, cornmeal and amaranth remain underrated. Read on to see why you should make these native grains staples in your pantry as well as stars of your dinner table.
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The cradle of corn is southern Mexico, where scientists found milling tools with maize residue dating back almost 9,000 years. Cornmeal, which has a fraction of the calories of other grains, is also sometimes labeled "polenta."
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Grown as an ornamental for its pretty blooms as well as for its grains, amaranth is a boon for vegetarians because it's high in both iron and zinc, nutrients that can be tough to get in a vegetarian diet.