Spelt is an ancient cereal grain that is widely known for its numerous health benefits. Its scientific name is Triticum spelta and is a cousin to modern wheat.
This ancient grain has been mentioned in the Holy Bible several times and is believed to have been grown in the Middle East since prehistoric times.
This is one of the earliest domesticated grains and remains unaffected by ideas like hybridization, crossbreeding and genetic modification or engineering. It has long been popular in Europe as a health food. It has a slightly ‘nutty’ and sweet flavor. Spelt can be used as a substitute for common wheat flour for baking bread, cakes, pancakes, cookies and pasta. The molecular structure of protein in spelt is brittle and soluble, making it easier to absorb.
As compared with wheat, spelt is more nutritious and hardier, with a much higher fiber content. The molecular structure of gluten in spelt is also different from wheat and has always been maintained in its natural form. Its kernel is covered with a tough husk that is 35% of the total weight of the grain. This hull also protects the grain from insects, thus eliminating the use of toxic pesticides. To preserve the grain’s freshness and its nutrients, this protective hull is removed just before being milled into flour. A lot of health enthusiast have been admiring the health benefits of this super grain and the effect it can have on health problems and diseases.
Spelt stores high nutritional value. It contains a significant amount of protein and is loaded with vitamin B complex, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, and niacin, including amino acids such as lysine, threonine and methionine. It also contains both simple and complex carbohydrates, which are the primary source of fuel for the body and brain.
This superfood has been used for treating various health problems. It can help in lowering cholesterol levels and reduce blood clot formation because of its niacin contents. Spelt is also known to maintain the blood sugar at a healthy level, thus lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes. It can also relieve migraine attacks. Being rich in insoluble fiber, it can help in preventing gallstone formation, especially in women. If you want to lose weight, start including spelt in your diet. It can easily satisfy your hunger because of the high fiber it provides. Its high water solubility enhances better digestion and absorption of essential nutrients. Persons who are allergic to gluten or suffering from celiac disease should avoid eating spelt. As with all kinds of grain, it is best to enjoy them in moderation.
Why not get some spelt flour and make a few pancakes? You may just discover something special.
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