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Wholesale Superfood Ingredients in the Spotlight:

ANCIENT GRAINS: CHIA, AMARANTH, QUINOA, TEFF

Just As Nature Intended

Although ancient grains may seem like a new superfood trend to the typical consumer, many of them have been used for thousands of years, particularly in South America and Africa. Their popularity faded when modern agricultural techniques were introduced. Farmers realized they could produce higher yields and make more profits using hybridized versions of wheat and corn. Repeated hybridization has altered the protein structures of modern grains, which may have negative health effects.


Ancient grains like chia, quinoa, amaranth and teff however remain unaltered from their natural form. They are typically more nutrient dense than their modern cousins, and higher in fiber and protein. They each have a distinctive taste, and can be used in a wide range of applications - in their whole form, grounded into flour to use in baked goods, or even pressed into oils for salad dressings.


Ancient grains played a central role in the diet of some of the most powerful ancient civilizations. Both chia seeds and amaranth were a favorite of the Aztecs, and quinoa was called the ‘mother of all grains’ by the Incas, whilst in Ethiopia teff can trace its history to 8,000 BC and is thought to be one of the earliest plants domesticated



Versatile Ancient Superfoods

Superfood Ingredients offers a range of ancient grain products. Our Quinoa is sourced from Peru, and available as white, red or black seeds, all with organic options. The seeds go through a triple wash after harvesting, to eliminate the bitter taste of the natural saponins.


Also from Peru, we supply Amaranth. The grain is available as organic, and can also be ground into a flour. In addition, our Chia Seeds are derived from Bolivia, available in either black or white seeds. Again, organic seeds are available on request, as well as Chia Oil and Flour. Our Teff is available as both brown and ivory grains or flour, from farms in the USA.



Some of the Benefits of Ancient Grains

Ancient grains share many similar properties, all being gluten free, protein dense, high in fiber, and rich in important B-Vitamins and minerals. What’s more, they also present their own range of unique health benefits.


Gluten Free Super Grains

Gluten allergies and sensitivities are becoming more and more prevalent these days, and some experts believe that the hybridization of modern wheat products may be partly to blame. Common symptoms of a gluten sensitivity include nausea, digestive issues, and lethargy. Chia, Amaranth, Quinoa and Teff are all great alternatives, as they are all gluten-free. They are classed as pseudo grains, as they are more closely related to seeds and vegetables. They can all make a great addition to many applications in which wheat has been used traditionally, as well as to breakfast cereals, salads and in smoothies, or their flour can be used for gluten free bread, cakes, cookies and pastas. 


Complex Carbohydrates

The ancient grains are all low GI, meaning they do not significantly raise blood sugar levels, and only invoke a slight insulin response. This may reduce the risk of developing insulin resistance and diabetes, along with obesity and heart disease.  The nutrient dense grains are also a great source of dietary fiber, important for maintaining a healthy digestive tract, and helping to prevent overeating.


Protein Dense Powerhouses

Chia, amaranth, quinoa and teff are typically higher in protein than modern grains such as wheat and rice. Protein is crucial for the growth and repair of tissue, and for maintaining satiety. The ancient grains are also complete protein sources, meaning they contain the recommended amounts of all the essential amino acids. Many modern grains such as wheat are deficient in the amino acid lysine, which is found in high amount in most ancient grains. 


Chia Seeds and Omega 3

Chia seeds are unique in that they are a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 play an important role in maintaining brain and heart health. Chia seeds are a great plant based alternative to traditional animal-based sources such as fish, cod liver oil and red meat. In addition, chia contains health promoting flavonoids such as quercetin, which has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. The seeds are also rich in important minerals such as calcium, potassium, zinc, and copper; along with B-Vitamins, which are vital to maintaining a healthy nervous system.


Amazing Amaranth

Amaranth is the only known grain to contain Vitamin C, which is more commonly found in fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C is important for protecting cells against free radical damage, and for maintaining immune function. The nutty tasting grain is also a great source of folic acid, as well as important minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and manganese, which all help to maintain a healthy, functioning body.


The Andean Superfood Quinoa

Quinoa is sometimes described as a low starch grain, as it is very low on the GI scale. Similar to the other ancient grains, it is also rich in important B Vitamins, and the minerals iron, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and potassium. Quinoa is widely recognized for its ability to grow in harsh conditions. Originally cultivated in the Andes Mountains, the nutrient dense superfood is extremely resilient to dry soils, cold temperatures, and high altitudes.


The Tiny Teff Grain

At about the size of a poppy seed, and with over 3,000 grains per 1 gram, teff is one of the smallest ancient grains, but it holds its own when it comes to packing a nutritional punch, with its high protein content along with calcium and iron. Much of carbohydrate found in teff is made up of resistant starches, adding to the fiber content of a food whilst having less impact on blood sugar as compared to easily digestible forms of carbohydrates. Its mild and nutty flavour lends itself to a wide range of applications, particularly in baked goods, but like quinoa it is finding its way into many dishes for the health conscious.



Superfood Ingredients’ Ancient Grains Range

Our wholesale organic and conventional Chia Seeds (black and white), Amaranth, Quinoa (white, red and black) and Teff (brown and ivory), along with their derivatives products such as flours and in the case of Chia Seeds, the Oil, are available in bulk format, which we ship to all parts of the globe.



Please feel free to contact us at ask@sfisuperfoods.com for more information.


If your business is located in Australia, New Zealand or Asia, and you are interested in wholesale bulk supply of our Organic or Conventional Chia Seeds, Amaranth, Quinoa or Teff please contact us at: australasia@sfisuperfoods.com


For customers interested in buying our Chia Seeds as a retail product please click on the link below to go to the SuperFoodies website in New Zealand.

Ancient grains such as chia, quinoa, amaranth and teff have long been used by indigenous cultures as a great source of energy and health promoting micronutrients. Although still not as common as modern grains, recently ancient grains have seen a boost in popularity. The crops are gluten free, and are free from hybridization and genetic modification, making them a well sought after ingredient in this market where Gluten-Free and GMO-Free labeling is becoming so important to consumers.

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