Updated 07 August 2014

Jolie fading away on 'ancient grains' diet

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has shocked fans with her very skinny frame at a recent party in Australia.

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has shocked fans with her very thin frame at a recent wrap party for her latest film Unbroken in Queensland, Australia.

Now sources blame her skinny appearance on her literally eating like a bird. The 38-year-old actress is reportedly following a diet consisting of "ancient grains".

Ancient grains (also called heritage grains) include crops such as amaranth, quinoa, millet, chia seeds, kamut, spelt and buckwheat, which have been around, unchanged, for millennia.

Weighing only 42kg

“Angie’s always been a fan of healthy seeds and grains, but lately she’s taken it to a whole new level,” an insider told The Enquirer.

“She’s into eating products made with ‘ancient grains’ and raves about their health benefits. She claims they provide her with nutrients she can’t find anywhere else, plus shinier skin. But the problem is that she’s not balancing her diet with fruits, meats or vegetables.”

Angelina's weight has reportedly plummeted to only 93 pounds (42kg) and she is said to have collapsed of exhaustion on the set of Unbroken, a new movie she directed Down Under. She is only 1.69m, meaning her Body Mass Index (BMI) is 14.7, which is severely underweight.

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Ancient grains and seeds are very healthy. Since they are closer to their original roots than grains such as wheat and rice (which have been bred selectively over thousands of years) their nutritional value and taste have been retained much better.

Read: Healthy nuts, seeds and grains

Balanced diet is key

However, eating only a few grains and seeds every day, as Angelina Jolie has reportedly been doing, is unhealthy, as her daily diet is unbalanced. For optimal health, the body needs a balanced diet which also includes fruit, vegetables and lean protein.

Spice of your daily meals by trying out some of the ancient grains listed below, but make sure that your diet still includes all five food groups: fruit, vegetables, grains, protein foods and dairy.

Spelt is a tasty whole grain with a nutty flavour and often called the distant cousin of wheat as it contains a wider range of nutrients, is high in fibre and can be used in baking.

Amaranth is a "pseudo-grain" as it is seen as both a herb and vegetable. Is is a very nutritious food high in protein and fibre and contains no gluten - making it perfect for people with gluten intolerance.

Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants and minerals. They are also the highest plant source of omega-3 fatty acids and contain more fibre than flax seeds or nuts.

Quinoa is actually a seed, not  a grain and completely gluten free. It is often described as a superfood as it is a complete protein, meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids. Quinoa is cooked similarly to rice.

Read: Is Quinoa a miracle food?

Millet is another highly nutritious gluten-free seed with a sweet, nutty flavour.

Kamut is a naturally sweet ancient cereal grain with strong antioxidant properties.

Buckwheat is another pseudo-cereal crop which contains all essential amino acids, making it a complete protein and a great choice for vegetarians.

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