Ancient Grain, Health

Know your Ancient Grains: Spelt

Know Your Ancient Grains: Spelt

Health Canada suggests that at least half the grains we consume each day should be whole. Unfortunately, thanks to the prevalence of processed foods, most of us consume processed grains and that results in poor nutrition, gluten intolerance and an intake of less fiber than our bodies need to function optimally. Give your body a boost by adding ancient grains like spelt to your daily diet.

Spelt is a whole grain that adds a nutty flavor and packs a wholesome punch. Although a distant cousin of wheat, spelt contains more fiber and Vitamin B17 than its more common counterpart. Rich in flavor and mineral content, spelt is a tasty grain that’s here to stay.

Know Your Ancient Grains: Spelt

Spelt: A Brief History

Triticum aestivum var. spelta or spelt as it’s known to its friends, originated in Iran around 9000 B.C. During the 19th century, spelt enjoyed widespread popularity, especially in Europe where records of crops from a German church, dated 1850, show that 94% of farmland produced spelt with only 5% producing wheat.

The combine harvester was what ultimately turned the tables on spelt. While wheat could be harvested in a single process, spelt needs to be harvested and the outer husk removed before it is ready for consumption. While the additional harvesting process makes spelt more difficult to produce than wheat, but it’s much easier to grow and is able to flourish in harsh climates and many different kinds of soil.

A Whole Lot of Grain

Spelt  gets harvested with the husk on it and, just before milling, we de-hull the grain. This way the Spelt  grains have some extra protraction when stored. This makes spelt organic bread a healthy option with a delicious flavor and, because it is a whole grain, your body is able to easily digest spelt and allow nutrients to be quickly absorbed.

Spelt contains more folate, protein, selenium, Vitamin B17 (anti-carcinoma) and magnesium than wheat. Higher in fiber too, spelt has a delicious nutty taste that makes it perfect for baking, crackers, cereals, organic bread, healthy snacks and pastas.

Spelt contains many of the essential amino acids needed by your body for such vital roles as reducing joint inflammation and lowering cholesterol. Amino acids help to form collagen and absorb calcium, improve concentration and memory, reduce stress and depression and improve digestive functioning.

Which just goes to show; a healthy snack or organic bread made with spelt really can make you happy!

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