WHY ANCIENT GRAINS?

A TRIP THROUGH TIME

Ancient grains are beneficial for both our bodies and our Earth!

Can you keep a VERY OLD secret? Ancient grains unlock the magic that allows snacks to better nourish our bodies. If history hasn’t changed these grains for over thousands of years, why should we? Ancient grains deliver incredibly dense nutrition without sacrificing crave-worthy taste or texture!

Ancient grains have a love for Earth, too. They are remarkably regenerative to the land they grow on, which is vital to maintaining nutrient-rich soil.

“One of the few really indispensable crops required for the survival of humankind–unrivaled for adding organic matter to worn-out soils.” Jack Harlan, PhD

Nature’s original super food

Ancient grains are whole grains that have been passed down through thousands of years without any of the selective crossbreeding, genetic modifications, or hybridization of modern wheat, corn, and rice. As a result, these grains have all the nutrients nature intended. They are loaded with the vitamins and minerals that fuel your body, packing a punch with magnesium and potassium, iron, and vitamin B and E. Ancient grains even provide you with essentials like fiber and antioxidants!

Modern agriculture has removed all healthy elements of corn, which historically was rich in cancer-fighting nutrients. The image shows the evolution of corn from its original form called Teosinte to Ancient Corn to Modern Corn. We bred it bigger and sweeter – modern corn is mostly sugar bringing new meaning to Candy Corn!

Sorghum

One of the main grains in our products, Sorghum, is a whole grain originating from Africa, with roots going back thousands of years and currently grown in the United States. Sorghum is the fifth most harvested grain in the world and the United States is the number one grower globally. Sorghum is one of few grains with an edible husk, which helps it retain many of the nutrients that are removed in other grains. The best part of Sorghum, it tastes great too!

QUINOA

Pronounced “keen-whaa,” this ancient grain hails from Bolivia and Peru, where it was a major staple of the Incas (Incas actually considered it a sacred crop), and has been cultivated for over 5,000 years. While many people thing Quinoa is a grain, it’s really a seed, and is more closely related to beets, spinach, and chard! Even the greens can be eaten. Quinoa is incredibly nutrient-rich and a complete protein containing all 20 amino acids.

CHIA

Chia seeds are also not a true grain. Chia seeds are native to Mexico and Central America and were staple food for the ancient Aztec warriors. The chia seed is nutrient-dense and packs a punch of energy-boosting power. Aztec warriors said just one spoonful of chia could sustain them for 24 hours. Chia means “strength” in the Mayan language, and chia seeds were known as “runners’ food” because runners and warriors would use them as fuel while running long distances or during battle. Chia contains many natural antioxidants and is rich in minerals, fiber and the omega-3 fatty acid ALA. Chia seeds are also high in protein.

✓ Sorghum grain is high in potassium (350 mg/100 g)¹
✓ Sorghum grain is naturally gluten-free – those with gluten intolerances, including Celiac, can now eat a healthy whole grain product
✓ Sorghum grain is rich in health promoting phytochemicals: phenolic acids, sterols, policosanols, and anthocyanins²
✓ Sorghum is rich in minerals: magnesium, copper, manganese, iron and zinc and vitamins: thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin 8-6 and pantothenate¹
✓ Sorghum is an excellent source of fiber with 6.3 g and 6.6 g per 100 g respectively¹
✓ Sorghum is among the most efficient crops for the conversion of solar energy and use of water, a vital resource for food production. In fact, sorghum uses up to 1/3 less water than comparable crops.³
 ✓ Sorghum is a high residue crop, meaning the stalks left over after harvest provide environmental and conservation benefits, including better soil erosion protection, enhanced soil organic matter and improved soil moisture conservation.³
✓ Sorghum is grown right here in America. When you buy sorghum, you support U.S. farmers and the economy.³

Get more out of snack time.

Ka-Pop never forgets its true super-snack mission: always be tasty, nutritious and satisfying. With a delicious, slightly nuttier taste, ancient grain powered Ka-Pop is where fun and nutrition collide. Save your snack time from boring “good for you” snacks that don’t deliver on taste. Replace those empty calories with protein, fiber, omega-3s, potassium, and vitamins – Pow! Take that ordinary snacks!

Ka-Pop is fortunate to partner with the Sorghum Checkoff (www.sorghumcheckoff.com). The Sorghum Checkoff is a farmer-funded organization dedicated to improving the sorghum industry through research, education, and promotion. Through its brand, Sorghum. Nature’s Super Grain®, the Checkoff helps farmers communicate with consumers about the value of sorghum in a healthy diet. 

¹ USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 24 {2011i. Items 620067 and 20648.
² Awika JM, Rooney, LW. Sorghum phytochemicals and their potential impact on human health. Phytochemistry 2004;65:1199122.
³ Sorghum Council