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J Tradit Complement Med. 2015 Mar 29;5(3):138-43. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcme.2015.02.004. eCollection 2015 Jul.

Re-discovering ancient wheat varieties as functional foods.

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Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong.


With the gluten-free food market worth almost $1.6 bn in 2011, there is every reason for renewed interest in ancient grains. This resurgent interest is expressed in re-discovering ancient varieties as functional foods. In particular, people affected by celiac disease have to avoid all gluten in their diet and several ancient grains may offer an important alternative.


Ancient grains; Chia; Einkorn; Lignans; Quinoa; Triticum

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