Grains are getting a bad rap these days. Between the popularity of Paleo diets and the explosion of gluten-free lifestyles, it seems people can't ditch bagels and bread fast enough.
But we're here to say that some grains, specifically unprocessed whole grains, aren't just good for you—they're great for you. So-called "ancient grains" are packed with fiber, protein, phytonutrients, and slow-digesting complex carbs that fuel your brain and muscle. So it's no surprise, then, that they're regaining a place in kitchen pantries and restaurants like Pazzi Pasta in Brooklyn, which specializes in fresh pasta made from whole grains.
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So whether you're an aspiring pasta-maker or you just want to get some more good stuff in your diet, keep an eye out for these seven grains—and reap the nutritious rewards.