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Super Grain Pasta Offers Good Source of Fiber and Iron

Super Grain Pasta Offers Good Source of Fiber and Iron

Gogo Quinoa now offers Super Grains Pasta. Made with a nutrition-packed blend of chia, quinoa, sorghum and amaranth, the new pasta is certified organic, gluten free and vegan. Unlike traditional pasta made with refined wheat flour, the super grains, specifically the quinoa, make this pasta a good source of fiber and iron, with each serving containing 5g of protein.

Although quinoa has been consumed forever in South America, only in the past decade has it been embraced in the U.S. Quinoa’s popularity went mainstream in 2013 when the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) declared it to be the International Year of Quinoa. Because of its superior nutrition, the FAO believes that quinoa can play an important role in eradicating hunger, malnutrition and poverty.

What sets quinoa apart from other plant foods is that it’s the only vegetarian source of all essential amino acids, trace elements and vitamins. It’s also a gluten-free grain that has never been genetically modified…

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General Mills Plans Cheerios Ancient Grains

Will include quinoa, spelt and Kamut, as well as its signature oats.

General Mills Plans Cheerios Ancient Grains

By Dave Fusaro, Editor in Chief

Oct 31, 2014

General Mills Inc. plans to start selling in January a version of Cheerios with quinoa and two wheat varieties, spelt and kamut, as well as its signature oats.

The company made no announcement about the product, to be called Cheerios Ancient Grains, but it carried a Wall Street Journal story on its own website. The Journal quoted Alan Cunningham, marketing manager for innovation in the cereal division, as saying grocery shoppers equate the words “ancient grains” with healthy, simple, nutrient dense food – even if they don’t know exactly what an ancient grain is.

The Journal said the number of foods that use the words “ancient grains” on packaging rose 50 percent this year compared to last, according to a spokesman for General Mills, citing Nielsen data. But the newspaper pointed out Cheerios Ancient Grains is no more nutritious than regular Cheerios.

Research by General Mills showed consumers find the words “ancient grains” more appealing than highlighting a single grain. “It’s not coincidence that this isn’t just Cheerios Plus Quinoa,” says Cunningham.

General Mills started selling another Cheerios spinoff, Cheerios Protein, in June.

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