What grain has the highest amount of protein

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moka
moka August 29, 2011

I'm pretty sure it's farro. What a delicious grain!

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SKK
SKK August 29, 2011

Amaranth has the highest protein - between 12-17%. Hulled hemp seed is referred to as one of nature's most perfect food because it is high in Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids and an excellent source of protein- containing all of the essential amino acids.


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susan g
susan g August 29, 2011

Per 100 gm: spelt, 14.57g, amaranth 14.45, quinoa 13 g, winter wheat 12.61, millet 11.02, brown rice 7.94. I had a hard time finding comparable information about farro, and sources confuse it with spelt, although they are both triticums (wheat). One source says farro is 22% protein, another says double the protein of common wheat -- so for 100 g there would be about 22 g protein.
Protein isn't the only important component of a food, and many quality foods should be in your diet. Each has important factors to contribute (see SKK above).
Strictly speaking, amaranth and quinoa are not grains! They are both tasty foods with complete protein. Quinoa also has significant amounts of calcium and iron. Amaranth may also -- they are related.
I believe that if we eat a variety of healthy foods from the broad types that are available, in moderation, we get what we need.

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SKK
SKK August 29, 2011

@susan g - love your answer! Where does kamut fit in?

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susan g
susan g August 30, 2011

Kamut 14.7 g
found the US nutritional database -- other searches gave secondary sources, most not helpful!
Interesting thing here is to compare the wheat family, and farro is certainly the protein star!
@SKK -- thanks!

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boulangere
boulangere August 30, 2011

Montana likes to tout itself as the world's largest supplier of Kamut (Farro). A great grain. The protein content of any grain alone may not be as significant as the combinations with which it is served.

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plevee
plevee August 31, 2011

Oats - 16.9%

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Anitalectric
Anitalectric September 1, 2011

Teff flour, which is used to make injera (Ethiopian crepes). It is the world's smallest grain, and therefore has, by volume, the most amount of husk, bran and germ--which is where all the protein is.

The most effective way to get plant based protein is from a diverse selection of grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts and legumes. It's less important which have "the most" when you're getting a smaller dose from many different sources.

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