Dive into Freekeh
If you like to keep on top of the latest superfood trends but are yet to discover Freekeh, read on. Freekeh is the latest in a long line of superfood crazes and has won praise from figures as influential as Jamie Oliver and Oprah Winfrey. It has continued to grow in popularity over recent years, and more and more health-conscious types are experiencing its benefits all the time.
Freekeh originated in the Middle East, and takes its name from the Arabic for “to rub”. It is described as wheat harvested earlier than normal which is then roasted and threshed. Its taste has been compared to that of barley, with the processes used to farm and roast it giving it a smoky flavour. A reliable source of protein and fibre, it is based on wholegrain and has three times the amount of protein and double the fibre offered by brown rice. Freekeh has proved popular with vegetarians, vegans and meat eaters alike. Scores of healthy eaters have been gravitating towards it due to the significant fibre content. Fibre playing a pivotal role in the management of weight and diabetes. It also contains slow-release carbohydrates. Despite the vast health benefits offered by freekeh, those with gluten and weight allergies are urged to sidestep it.
Diners can prepare freekeh within just 20 minutes. It can act as a substitute for barley and brown rice in salads and risottos and be eaten with yoghurt and fruit. Freekeh has actually been consumed for hundreds of years but has started giving quinoa a run for its money during the last couple of years. It is also known for its low glycaemic index and can even work wonders for eyesight. It has also been compared to bulgur and helps diners feel fuller for longer, whilst stimulating the growth of good bacteria and making bowels healthier. Easily purchased online, it is now grown in Australia as well as the Middle East. Although slightly more expensive than rice but still easily affordable. It can also act as a substitute for pasta. More and more people are experiencing the advantages of freekeh all the time.