Never Eat a Grain Again: Carbs of a Different Name

WheatIf you have ever heard of a gluten allergy or Celiac Disease, the most important thing to know about them is that they are very dangerous if a person eats anything that has wheat in it.

If you happen to know anyone who is sensitive to gluten, you most likely also know that it’s in just about every kind of food we eat in this society.

This is why, if you or someone you care about it sensitive or allergic to gluten, you need to explore some different sources of carbohydrates, or carbs. Since carbs are what supply energy for everything you do, from running to just thinking and breathing, carbs are not something you can just ignore. And don’t worry, because we aren’t going to get into any of that Glycemic Index stuff. So let’s check out a few unusual sources of carbs.

Beans

Believe it or not, beans are good for more than just causing gas and living in a fallout shelter after a nuclear attack. Beans contain complex carbohydrates including fiber. But that’s not all they’ve got in them. Carbs notwithstanding, beans are also great sources of monounsaturated fat, protein, and a few vitamins and minerals that your body finds valuable. And there’s not a pinch of gluten to be found in beans.

Lentils

Lentils are a bushy, annual plant that was first used as a food source in India before human beings even started making pottery. If you wanted to live on just one kind of food, and get pretty much everything you need, lentils would be one of your best bets. Not only are lentil shoots a great source of carbs, though. They’re also astonishing in that they have reasonable amounts of every necessary amino acid your body needs to function well. Beans may be the musical fruit, but lentils will give you the strength to play on.

Quinoa

Pronounced “keen-wah,” this source of carbs is not even a plant. It’s actually a type of fungus that grows on soybeans, which are in themselves a solid source of plenty of goodness. One of the best things about quinoa is not just the fact that it lets you eat mold without feeling gross (even though that is a pretty fun thing to do, if you’re feeling five years old). One of the best parts of quinoa is that you can actually purchase a kit that will allow you to grow it yourself, in your own home.

Purslane

If you happen to see a low-lying, leafy plant growing through cracks in the sidewalk, try it. If it’s a little sour, it might just be purslane. Not only is purslane cheap to find (considered an invasive weed in some parts of the world), it has a large amount of carbohydrates and omega-3 fatty acids.

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