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My survey of grain son Friday’s Irish Examiner Feelgood section will I hope help you to choose what to try. Talking to friends there seems to be some confusion about what each grain is, why it costs so much and how they should be used. They all taste pretty bland, so it’s texture and nutritional value I found most interesting as I tested.
The price of quinoa worldwide has gone up, putting it beyond the reach of many of the farmers who work in the fields to produce it, such is the demand particularly from Canada. In Well & Good. Midleton, they try to source the grain from continents other than in South America, but have yet to find it. They say the same problem is arising with Manuka honey which has also become fashionable. We need to watch claims of its extra nutritional value. It’s difficult to believe that enormous quantities of it can be produced to satisfy the supply to major supermarkets, and we may need to watch labels and see just how much Manuka has been added to regular honey to justify its labelling. It’s wise to be suspicious about products which take off because of extravagant health claims. Once demand increases, companies can take advantage and we consumers need to be our own watchdogs. I will do what I can. It’s hard to alive that our own local honey is not best for us, and the more local the better.