A recent article in The Age explored the top ten superfoods. Over the next couple of weeks I’m examining each of the claims and adding a few of my own. Which ones will live up to the hype?
The claim: ”The CSIRO support it and say it helps to manage diabetes because of its fibre content along with helping maintain colonic health linked to colon cancer.”
The evidence: The CSIRO’s analysis of Freekeh supports it being a good source of soluble fibre. But so are most unprocessed grains, beans and nuts. Note: the CSIRO provides fee-based scientific support to Australian businesses, like the one promoting this product. It doesn’t imply that they’ve done a cross analysis and comparison of all other plant foods.
Value for money: One of the pricier grains on the market.
Verdict: Do we really need to eat more gluten-containing grains? Freekeh makes a better food choice than wholemeal pasta but the popular Australian product that’s currently being spruiked has been processed and roasted. Nutritionally similar grain products include faro, kamut and spelt, all members of the wheat family.