I use spelt in my recipes for baking, pasta, fitters etc. and I was recently asked why spelt? So, I thought I'd share this info with you too...
Spelt flour is an ancient grain that is becoming increasingly popular. The flour is used to make products such as cereal, pretzels, bread, and pasta. This is great because the spelt grain provides a number of essential nutrients and health benefits.
Spelt flour is loaded with the important minerals that the body needs to function properly...
In one 38 g serving of spelt flour, there is about 1.36 mg of iron.... If a person doesn’t have enough iron, they may become fatigued and anaemic as Iron is responsible for transporting oxygen to the body and essential for cell growth.
Iron is especially important for women, where they should get about 18 mg daily. But, Men should only need around 8 mg.
Spelt also has several other essential minerals like manganese, zinc and copper, which support healthy bones and the immune system.
Just one cup of spelt grains provides 19 g of fibrr. Fibre is important for digestive health. Fibre also helps to lower cholesterol and women 50 and younger should eat at least 25 g of fibre a day.
Men, in the same age group, should get 38 g daily, according to recommendations from The Institute of Medicine.
Spelt flour also contains many antioxidants. These antioxidants support the production and function of red blood cells and help to convert food into energy.
Spelt flour is available in both white and whole-wheat versions and can be purchased in several health food stores.