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7/15/2014 (9 months ago)

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Meet fonio, the new miracle grain from Africa

There are several new kids on the block in the world of superfoods, and many may be coming to supermarkets in the near future.

Fonio is a new super grain from Africa, rich in protein and amino acids, but is also low in sugar.

Fonio is a new super grain from Africa, rich in protein and amino acids, but is also low in sugar.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/15/2014 (9 months ago)

Published in Home & Food

Keywords: Food, Health


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Because grains such as quinoa and spelt have proved so popular in the world of health food, nutritionists are now looking for other ancient grains, and the most promising of these is fonio, Africa's oldest cereal.

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Fonio is rich in protein and amino acids, low on sugars and is supposedly the most nutritious of all Earth'g grains. According to National Geographic, fonio's edible seeds could become the "next quinoa."

Fonio is a new super grain from Africa, rich in protein and amino acids, but is also low in sugar.

Fonio is a new super grain from Africa, rich in protein and amino acids, but is also low in sugar.


Even with these wonderful properties, fonio has been largely ignored by the rest of the world until now, but that could be set to change as the world adopts more health conscious and organic diets.

Beyond just it's nutritious aspect, fonio has a spiritual aspect as well. The Dogon people of Mali believe that the entire universe was made by the explosion of a single grain of fonio.

Fonio is highly resistant to drought, which has made it an ideal crop for developing nations in West Africa.

There are some who are eager to bring this grain to Western markets, but one of the problems with the rise in popularity of foods like fonio is that the prices also increase and locals may be unable to afford this staple crop.

A primary example of this phenomena is the acai berry, which saw a price increase of 60 times at the height of its popularity in 2009. Many who regularly consumed the berry were unable to purchase it.

But, price hikes, could also take the pressure off some other crops, which make farms more sustainable.

Only time will tell if this grain will become the next quinoa.

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