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The Rise in Popularity of Ancient Grains

Updated: Dec 1, 2021


Everything old is new again. Like ancient grains, for example. Long associated with

health-giving properties, ancient grains are enjoying a renaissance of sorts in the

United States and other Western countries. At Friendly Meadows, we are committed to the growth of all types of grains, which are not only an integral ingredient in our foods, but in a wide variety of products on the market today.


“Ancients grains” is a term for grains that have been planted and cultivated the

same way for thousands of years with no manipulation by modern man. The

difference between ancient grains and the typical modern wheat found in

supermarkets is that most grains today come from a variety of wheat created in the

1960’s through cross-breeding and genetic manipulation in order to produce a

higher-yielding and lower cost crop.


Ancient grains are not only more natural, they also tend to be higher in fiber,

protein, vitamins and minerals. What follows are some popular ancient grains and

the health benefits they offer:


- Millet: A nutritious ancient grain that’s a staple throughout China, India, and Africa. It

contains a variety of nutrients linked to lower inflammation, reduced heart disease risk,

and improved blood sugar control. 


- Farro: High in antioxidants that may lower the risk of several chronic illnesses, such as

heart disease and certain cancers.


- Bulgur (cracked wheat): Made from cracked durum wheat, its high fiber content may

promote heart health, good digestion, blood sugar control, and weight loss.


- Barley: Highly nutritious and among the most widely consumed ancient grains in the

American diet that can contribute to better heart health.


- Quinoa: Contains potent antioxidants that have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and

anticancer properties in animal studies.


- Rye: Due to its high fiber content, rye and rye-based products may be more effective