Published: 07/29/2018 - Updated: 03/08/2020
Author: Dra. Loredana Lunadei, PhD
Thera are many properties of Wheat for the health. This popular grain is the most cultivated in the world. It is rich in carbohydrates, which makes it a highly valuable energetic food. It provides fiber, and is an important source of magnesium, manganese, copper, and the B group vitamins.
Benefits and properties of wheat
Wheat is perfect for:
- Treating constipation
- Intestinal problems and diverticulitis
- For nervous people, or those who are studying hard, due to its Vitamin B content
- Its phytoestrogens reduce the possibility of developing cancer of the breast, uterus, or prostate
- What contains antioxidant properties because it is a good source of Selenium and Vitamin E, which protects our cells from free radicals.
- It is commonly used to treat cardiac disease, as it is rich in vitamin E, which helps prevent cholesterol from oxidizing and blocking arteries
Every 100 grams of raw wheat contain:
- 305 calories
- 65 carbohydrates
- 13 grams of proteins
- 10 grams of fiber
- 2 grams of fats
- 37 mg of calcium
- 5 mg of iron
- 55 mcg of selenium
How to prepare wheat
Wheat can be found processed in several different ways: flour, couscous, bulgur, pasta, seitan, or wheat gluten. There are an infinite amount of bread varieties prepared with wheat, like crackers, cakes, etc. However, you must keep in mind that refined wheat looses a lot of its properties during the processing.
If you’ve going to eat wheat, try to eat whole wheat, in other words, wheat still in the shell. Wheat sprouts are also an excellent source of antioxidants and chlorophyll, and also contain lots of vitamins and minerals. Wheat sprouts can be used in salads or juices (which are delicious with pineapple or lemon). They are very nutritious for the skin, intestines, and kidneys.
A bit of history about Wheat
It seems as if the wheat plant was one of the first plants to be cultivated by man. Archaeologist Robert Braidwood, of the University of Chicago, found carbonized grains of wheat in recent studies, dating back 6,700 year, in Jarmo, due East of Irak. This ancient population is one of the oldest to be discovered as of yet, and could be the birthplace of agriculture.
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