Freekeh is low in fat and high in protein and fiber. Relative to quinoa, freekeh has more protein and twice as much fiber. (A 100g serving of freekeh has 14.3 grams of fiber and 14.3 grams of protein, versus quinoa’s 7.1 and 13.1, respectively)- Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota.
Compared to other grains, “It is higher in protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and lower in glycemic index,” says Vandana R. Sheth, RDN, CDE, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Research has found that low glycemic index is appropriate for managing diabetes.
Freekeh is also rich in Zeaxanthin and Lutein which are good for both muscle degeneration and the eye health. Lutein and zeaxanthin are plant pigments called carotenoids that protect the retina from oxidative changes caused by ultraviolet light.
Ref: Freekeh analysis by AGAL and Medvet. Other analysis from Nutritional Value of Australian Foods, National Food Authority.
1. “Low carb” food. Resistant starch plus high in fibre (up to 16.5% fiber).
2. Great for weight loss with short transition through the body.
3. Greatly improves bowel health. Helps with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, laxation and general bowel health.
5. Low Glycaemic Index with excellent insulin response (good for diabetics). Wholegrain freekeh GI = 43. CSIRO Report: Freekeh Composition and Glycaemic Index Study.
6. High in nutritional content. Rich in protein, vitamins and minerals. Comparative Analysis with Rice and Pasta below.
8. Low fat content (similar to rice) (AGAL).
9. High protein content