Of course you've heard of rice and barley. Even quinoa and millet are a part of your healthy-eating vocabulary. But farro? Now that's one grain that doesn't get much of the spotlight, but it should.
Though this grain isn't gluten-free, the nutty-tasting carb is still a healthy whole-grain option for those without celiac disease looking to lose weight. Here's why.
It's Filled with Fibre
Farro is higher in fibre than many other whole grains. In fact, it has twice the amount found in quinoa and three times the fibre in rice. Getting your fill of fibre—at least 25 grams per day—keeps you regular, lowers your risk of breast cancer, and gives you the "I'm full" sensation for longer. And if you feel satisfied, you're less likely to reach for more food. That's great news if you're watching your weight. Use farro in soups, salads, and stir-fries, like this maple-cumin tofu with farro.
It's Packed with Protein
This carbohydrate is also a great source of hunger-satiating, muscle-building, energy-sustaining protein. It offers seven grams per dry quarter-cup serving of the grain. That's more than barley, millet, oats,quinoa, and brown rice. Eating meals high in protein keeps you feeling fuller for longer periods of time, which translates to consuming fewer daily kilojoules. Another point for weight loss!
It's Loaded in Nutrients
If you're looking to plant-based foods to increase your iron intake, eat some farro. A serving offers 10 per cent of your recommended daily amount. It's also rich in B vitamins and magnesium, which can help fight period pain, depression, and insomnia.
It's Tough to Break Down
Consuming foods that are high in complex carbs, like farro, can help you lose weight because they take longer to digest than simple carbs. Complex carbs also stabilize your blood sugar levels, so you won't experience that drop in energy that makes you crave soda or sweets.
This article was written by Jenny Sugar and provided by our partners at PopSugar.