My coworker says she lost 36 pounds just by eating what she calls “ancient grains” – things like quinoa, amaranth, millet and freekeh—instead of wheat. She swears these foods curbed her appetite and improved her digestion. Should I make the switch?

Yes! I love ancient grains because they boast higher levels of protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants than wheat products. This means that meals made with these grains will fill you up faster and keep you full longer, plus deliver health-enhancing and body-slimming perks like reduced inflammation, speedier metabolism and increased energy.

 Another benefit: Ancient grains like quinoa, millet and buckwheat have significantly lower levels of the gluten protein that triggers most wheat-sensitivity symptoms. That’s a real boon even for women who suffer from mild wheat intolerance—and in my clinical experience, 8 out of 10 women do. When these women eliminate wheat and eat more ancient grains, they report less bloat, fewer digestive issues and a reduction in appetite in as little as three days.

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