Farro and Kamut are types of wheat often referred to as ” ancient grains ” and nutritionally, they outperform brown rice and whole-grain pasta.
These tasty ancient grains deliver about the same numver of calories (rougly 100 per 1/2cup cooked) as more traditional choices. But when it comes to protein and fiber, Farro and Kamut (the brand name of a grain also known as Khaorasan or Oriemtal wheat) are the clear winners. Per 1/2cup serving, Farro delivers more protein and fiber (about 3.5 grams each) that brown rice. So does Kamut, providing almost 5 grams of protein and 3.7 grams of fiber per 1/2cup. Whole-grain pasta, which might be enriched with added nutrients, contains about 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber. Farro and Kamut also deliver a number of vitamins and minerals, including calcium, iron, magnesium, niacin and zinc. Farro and Kamut might also be better choices than brown or white rice because many types of rice have been found to contain arsenic, a potent human carcinogen.
Consumers Reports’ research has found that brown rice tends to gave more arsenic that white rice of the same type.
Mix It Up. Eat a variety of whole grains such as Kamut to het a range of benefits.