People who eat a lot of fibre every day may be less likely to die prematurely from a range of illnesses - including heart disease, cancer and infection. The benefits of fibre in weight loss, lowering cholesterol and protecting against heart disease have been well established, but studies show that most people don't reach beneficial levels. Adult women should eat 25 grams of fibre each day and men about 38 grams. A half cup of lentils contains about 8 grams of fibre, a half cup of raw almonds has nearly 9 grams. Fibre has a greater protective effect when it comes from grains rather than fruits, vegetables or beans because whole grains contain vitamins and minerals that have been shown to prevent disease.
WHEAT BERRY SALAD
1 cup wheat berries, rinsed and drained
1 15 oz can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup dried apricots, sliced ( I didn't have any)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup chopped green onions
3 tbsp oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt and pepper
In a medium bowl combine wheat berries and 3 cups water. Refrigerate over night. Transfer to medium pan; bring to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer, covered 45-60 minutes. Drain; cool.
In large bowl combine drained wheat berries, garbanzo beans, apricots, cranberries and green onions. In bowl whisk together oil, lemon juice and 1/2 tsp salt and pepper. Pour over wheat berry mixture; stir to coat.
You could also throw in celery, carrots, or seeds to vary taste. Whatever you have on hand.
This is a good way to start to use up some wheat storage. I now only have 23, 000 lbs left.