How to eat wheat as a staple?

by James Wilson   Last Updated September 14, 2018 14:17 PM

I'm wanting to stop having rice as my staple and try something else. I was thinking to try wheat however I never heard that people eat pure wheat daily like they eat pure rice daily like in the far east.

What I mean to say is wheat is often associated with bread, biscuits, cereals which have extra ingredients which I want to avoid and I don't think you want to eat those as part of the main meal anyway. I know it comes as pasta and sphaghetti but i'm not sure if that is the correct way to eat it as a staple? Have people traditionally cooked wheat like they would rice or has it always been used as pasta and sphaghetti but never as a staple like rice has in the far east?

I've just seen a bag of wheat grain at my supermarket so I'm thinking do I just get it and cook it like rice but since this is unheard of(at least to me) as a staple I'm wondering if there's something wrong with it?

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Answers 1

Some forms of wheat are suitable for immediate cooking in a similar way to rice, such as Bulghur. This is traditional in much of the Middle East, and has been par-cooked prior to sale.

Cracked wheat is also available, but requires longer cooking. Note that terms overlap and even manufacturers can be vague.

Pasta is a traditional staple food in some parts of the world, and perfectly suitable for eating every day. Some dried pastas have nothing but wheat in them.

Bread is also an everyday (or even every meal) food in many places. These staple breads tend to be rather plain, at least when eaten as an accompaniment to other foods, and unless you're on a low-sodium diet it's a good source of complex carbohydrates.

Neither wheat nor rice can be treated as providing a full range of nutrients. this isn't the place to get into details but living on grains alone won't provide enough macro- or micro-nutrients.

Chris H
Chris H
September 14, 2018 14:01 PM

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