Grainwell Puffed Fonio

Grainwell is the leading US producer of organic, gluten-free, non-GMO Fonio. Harvested from fields that adhere to the strictest agricultural standards, our innovation and food science team ensures each batch of Fonio meets our high-quality benchmarks. Get in touch with Grainwell today for more information and to request samples. Our Puffed Fonio is crafted using the Grainwell way. This guarantees exceptional quality and safety for consumption. The versatility of fonio, particularly in its puffed form, opens up numerous possibilities for food companies aiming to innovate or expand their range of healthy, sustainable, and gluten-free products. This ancient grain is renowned for its light, fluffy texture and subtly sweet flavor, making it an excellent addition to various culinary creations.

History of Fonio, an Ancient Grain

Fonio is a highly esteemed ancient grain that has been cultivated in West Africa for over 5,000 years. It’s one of the oldest cereals known in the region and is cherished not only for its rapid growth cycle but also for its ability to thrive in poor soil conditions, making it a vital crop in arid zones where other grains might fail and a sustainable choice for modern agriculture. Traditionally, Fonio has been a symbol of prosperity and is integral to both daily nutrition and ceremonial uses.

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Fonio Nutritional Value

Fonio is celebrated for its impressive nutritional profile. It provides a rich source of amino acids, particularly methionine and cysteine, which are typically low in other grains, making it an excellent addition in vegetarian and vegan diets. It is packed with dietary fiber, B-vitamins, and essential minerals like iron, zinc, and magnesium. Fonio is gluten-free, making it a suitable grain for those with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease.

Popular Puffed Fonio Products Include

  • Breakfast Cereals: Puffed fonio can be found as a primary ingredient in ready-to-eat cereals, often mixed with nuts, fruits, and spices for enhanced flavor.
  • Snack Bars: Incorporating puffed fonio into snack bars offers a light, crunchy texture, along with a nutritional boost.
  • Energy and Protein Balls: These are small, handy snacks perfect for on-the-go consumption, often combined with seeds, dried fruits, and natural sweeteners.
  • Baking Mixes: Puffed fonio can be included in gluten-free baking mixes for muffins, pancakes, and breads, enhancing their nutritional profile and texture.

Benefits of Puffed Fonio

  • Low Glycemic Index: Excellent for managing blood sugar levels, making it a suitable choice for diabetics.
  • High Fiber Content: Aids in digestion and promotes a feeling of fullness, which can support weight management efforts.
  • Rich in B-Vitamins: Contributes to higher energy levels and improved brain function.
  • High in Essential Amino Acids: Unlike many grains, Fonio includes important amino acids, supporting muscle and tissue health.
  • Versatile: Its mild flavor and airy texture make it adaptable for a variety of recipes.

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