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Do ancient types of wheat have health benefits compared with modern bread wheat?

Shewry, P. R. (2018) Do ancient types of wheat have health benefits compared with modern bread wheat? Journal of Cereal Science, 79. pp. 469-476. ISSN 0733-5210

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.jcs.2017.11.010


A number of studies have suggested that ancient wheats have health benefits compared with modern bread wheat. However, the mechanisms are unclear and limited numbers of genotypes have been studied, with a particular focus on Kamut (Khorasan wheat). This is important because published analyses have shown wide variation in composition between genotypes, with further effects of growth conditions. The present article therefore critically reviews published comparisons of the health benefits of ancient and modern wheats, in relation to the selection and growth of the lines, including dietary interventions and comparisons of adverse effects (allergy, intolerance, sensitivity). It is concluded that further studies are urgently required, particularly from a wider range of research groups, but also on a wider range of genotypes of ancient and modern wheat species. Furthermore, although most published studies have made efforts to ensure the comparability of material in terms of growth conditions and processing, it is essential that these are standardised in future studies and this should perhaps be a condition of publication.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Department of Crop Science
ID Code:75999
Uncontrolled Keywords:Allergy, Ancient wheat, Health benefits, Intolerance


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