What is Spelt Flour

It is normal for you to be clueless about spelt flour and its positive health contributions when you’ve yet to embrace the gluten free diet concept. When I first hear about Spelt I had no idea what it was. But given that you’re curiosity has led you here, it is pretty easy to guess that you’re ready to find out what the spelt flour hype is all about.

Well, first and foremost, spelt is a complex member of the wheat family, cultivated since the Bronze Age. It had been extensively used in Central Europe as part of their staple meals and was later introduced to Asia via the Middle East. It’s pretty easy to mistake it for its relatives because of its appearance. But it does have a distinctively nutty and slightly sweeter flavor, making it an excellent replacement to whole wheat flour.

Now here is the next big question on everyone’s minds…

Is spelt flour gluten free?

Well, technically, spelt does contain some amount of gluten. But essentially, it is gluten free. And in comparison to its whole-food grain counterparts, its levels are more tolerable for some whom have gluten intolerance. Medical professionals, however caution those diagnosed with ceoliac disease to not depend on spelt as having large gluten free benefits because spelt itself may not exactly deliver them with the condition in place. Moreover, genetic modifications brought about by hybridization may expose those with sensitivities to the wrong breed of spelt.

What makes spelt such a healthy alternative?

Aside from the fact that it’s easy on the digestive system, spelt is highly nutritious and is a good source of protein, special carbohydrates and healthy fats. Its crude fiber content also ensures consumers that they get the right support for quick elimination without the accompanying heaviness. Spelt is also reported to contain huge quantities of Vitamin B17, which has anti-carcinoma qualities, as well as neurotransmitters and amino acids that play an important role in stimulating the immune system as well as blood clotting.

Now, if these gluten free benefits are not impressive enough, people can also look forward to it controlling non gluten free diet health problems, such as joint inflammation, headaches, neurological dysfunction, stress, depression, skin blemishes, energy depletion, and muscle breakdown. In addition, spelt will help with:

  • Improving kidney functions
  • Reducing cardiovascular accidents
  • Reducing liver fat
  • Enhancing nerve cell transmission
  • Manufacturing other biochemical components the body needs

How to use spelt flour?

To fully appreciate what spelt flour is, it is also vital that you become aware of how you can use it!

  • Spelt is notably resilient so you will have to allocate more time kneading if you intend to use it when baking bread or pastries. Take note that it contains less gluten than wheat flour so it doesn’t become as pliable as expected. If you fail to do so, you’ll end up with a crumbly dough.
  • It is also encouraged that you mix spelt flour up with other gluten free flours to make it manageable. You could start with 25% and then adjust it depending on the recipe. Loaf breads typically are composed of 20% spelt. Avoid over mixing though because you might not end up with the results you want. When I first used spelt flour I personally made cupcake samples first so I didn’t waste entire batters.
  • Finally, don’t over soak your spelt flour mixture with water because this will affect its form. Keep in mind, the more water a dough has, the flatter the batter will be.

Do you have a gluten intolerance?  Or are you planning on giving up the Gluten Glue?
Find out more about giving up the Gluten:

> What is Gluten Free

6 Benefits of a Gluten Free Diet

> 10 Must have’s for a Gluten Free Pantry

How to get Started on a Gluten Free Diet

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