Advice From the World Health Organization
In early 2019, The World Health Organization published the results of a 50-year study on dietary fiber. The results confirmed that a diet high in whole grains helps protect against cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and colorectal and breast cancer. The study recommends eating at least 1 oz per day of whole grains.
This advice is contrary to the current trend for ‘low-carb’ and ‘gluten-free’ diets.
Whole grains are found in whole grain cereals, pasta, bread and rice dishes. One great source of whole grain is Khorasan wheat. This is is an ancient grain (meaning it has not been altered by centuries of selective farming) the name Khorasan refers to a historical region in modern-day Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia. Compared to modern varieties of wheat, Khorasan contains more fiber, protein, minerals, antioxidants and fatty acids and has a rich, nutty flavor.
Khorasan wheat sold under the KAMUT® brand name guarantees that the grain has been organically grown and is the unmodified ancient Khorasan wheat. We decided to try a recipe from their website and we really enjoyed it. Here’s the recipe.
Recipe for KAMUT® Brand Khorasan Wheat Pilaf
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/2 diced onion
- 1 red pepper, deseeded and cut into small pieces
- 1/2 cup sliced mushroom
- 1 small chopped zucchini
- 1 cup KAMUT® Brand horasan wheat berries
- 1/4 cup tamari (Japanese Soy Sauce)
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- Fresh ground pepper
In saucepan bring 3 cups of water to boil. Add 1 cup KAMUT® Brand khorasan wheat berries.
Reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 45 minutes.
Drain water and set aside.
Sauté onions, red pepper, mushrooms, and zucchini in oil.
Add cooked KAMUT® khorasan wheat berries, tamari, parsley, cilantro, and pepper.
Stir until heated through.
Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve.
Picture credit: KAMUT® Brand khorasan wheat