Emmer Nutritional Benefits

Emmer, also known as Farro Medio, has a few great qualities that make it a desirable grain for human consumption:

Fiber

Emmer is higher in fiber than the wheat we use today. As you probably know, we need fiber in our diet, and most people aren’t even close to meeting the recommendations. Fiber helps lower cholesterol, prevents constipation, normalizes blood glucose and insulin, and can reduce the risk for some kinds of cancer.

Gluten

Although probably still not recommended for people with Celiac Disease, Emmer generally has lower amounts of gluten than regular wheat and may be better for those with gluten intolerances or other allergies associated with wheat (Sidenote: This lower level of gluten makes for denser bread).

Minerals

Vitamins and Minerals. They always go together, and most people know they’re important. But sometimes we don’t think of the vital role that minerals really play in our health.  Minerals are very important to the upkeep of our bones and teeth and the proper function of all our cells and tissues. Basically, minerals set in motion all our bodily processes by activating the enzymes that kickstart those processes. For everything from thinking to blinking, we need minerals. And Emmer provides a lot.

Glycemic Index

Emmer has a low glycemic index. That’s a good thing. Regulating blood sugar is an ongoing process of our bodies. A food that has a low glycemic index is better because it releases the glucose more slowly and steadily. This helps keep our blood glucose and insulin levels under control. A diet low on the glycemic index can prevent many long-term health issues.

 

References:

Dawson, Julie and Frank Kutka, June Russell, Steve Zwinge. “The “Ancient” Grains Emmer, Einkorn
and Spelt: What We Know and What We Need to Find Out.” eOrganic. Oregon State University. Web. 19 Jan. 2015.

Padulosi, S., and K. Hammer, J. Heller. “Hulled Wheats.” IPGRI. Web. 19 Jan. 2015.

2 responses to “Emmer Nutritional Benefits”

  1. S Radhakrishnan says:

    Could you tell me the exact GI and CL of emmer wheat? Thanks

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