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Wheat flour is the most underrated food type in India. While it is a staple in most Indian households, we rarely appreciate its role in our diets. According to the Ancient History Encyclopaedia, grains were ground for flour as early as 3rd century BC by the Romans! Today, more than 20 centuries later, we continue to do the same in India and around the globe.
However, awareness about whole wheat flour nutrition is recent. Nutritionists and dietitians strongly recommend the use of whole wheat atta and the elimination of refined wheat flour from our diets. Why do they do so? Let’s find out.
Whole wheat atta is made by grinding the whole wheat kernel (or wheatberry). The flour has equal proportions of the three layers of the wheat grain – bran, endosperm and germ. Unlike, white flour, which is made up of only the endosperm part of the wheat, whole wheat flour retains the nutrients present in the germ and the fibre present in the bran. In India, white wheat is generally used to make this flour.
Know more about wheat flour nutrition values through this chart. The values shown are for a serving size of 100g.
The wheat flour benefits are multi-fold for human health. Some of them are:
1. Don’t Buy Just Wheat Flour; It Should Be ‘100% Whole Wheat’
Make sure that what you are buying is not just wheat flour or whole wheat flour but ‘100% whole wheat flour’. Sometimes you might be fooled by big brands into believing that wheat flour or just 20% whole wheat flour or refined wheat flour is the same thing as whole wheat atta. It isn’t, and you will not get the nutritional benefits from atta that is not made from whole wheat.
2. Pay Attention to the Colour and Coarseness
While buying atta if you notice that the colour is white, don’t buy it. Whole wheat atta is usually brownish in colour and has a coarse texture. But if it is too brown, then also it is not pure, so beware. If you feel it’s fine in texture, you can safely assume that maida or something else has been mixed in it.
3. Get it Ground in Front of You
You can also get the flour ground as your watch, if you cannot trust the brands. This is the best way to ensure that you get the finest quality of wheat flour. No compromises.
4. Test it
Take a handful of atta and put in a jar of water. If extra bran is added to it to give it a brown appearance, it will float on top. This is not natural whole wheat flour. Diluted hydrochloric acid tests can also be done to determine its purity. If the atta, when dropped with diluted hydrochloric acid forms bubbles, then it is not pure.
5. Check the Shelf Life
Pure whole wheat atta has a short shelf life of about one or two months. But refined wheat flour that is made only with the endosperm part of the wheat grain can be preserved for much longer – approximately four to six months. If the shelf life is that long, then the atta is mixed and not pure.
6. Added Ingredients is Not a Good Thing Always
A brand might sell the flour by saying things like ‘fortified with XYZ minerals or nutrients,’ but this doesn’t mean that they are good for health. Anything artificial is unnecessary. Also, steer clear of bleached flour. Check the label for popular bleaching agents. If you find one, drop that packet.
As you bake delicious bread, cookies, cook parathas and what not using whole wheat atta here’s an interesting fun fact you’d like to know. Using metric conversions, we found that one kilogram of whole wheat flour can have more than 15,000 wheat grains or more! Sometimes, when the average seed weight is 35gm, one kilogram of wheat can have more than 22,000 grains, according to research by the Government of Western Australia!
Choose whole wheat atta to prepare those delectable recipes; your health will thank you. And now you also know how to pick the best one.
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