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Scientific name – triticum spelta

It is believed  that farmers grew spelt as long as 5000 BC in Iran. It is known for its more nutritional value . It is very popular in Europe ,where it is sometimes known as faro ( in modern Italy) and dinkel (germany).

You can substitute common wheat flour with spelt flour to make pasta ,bread,cookies,cake,cereals etc. it is also known as ancient grain.

Health benefits :-

It is high in protein and fiber.
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It is easily digestible.

Due to high water solubility it can be absorbed quickly in the body 

Spelt acts as
 anti carcinoma.

It contains essential  amino acids needed by the body (these amino acids are called essential because the body can not manufacture them.

It is a good source of
 calcium , magnesium ,selenium.

It is having good amount of riboflavin. It is useful in  migraine headache .

As it is rich in fiber it reduces the  LDL cholesterol level.

Due to high content of fiber , it reduces the risk of  breast cancer.

Due to rich source of magnesium  ,it has been shown to lower risk of  type 2 diabetes.

Note :- difference between wheat and spelt is that spelt has hard outer casing than wheat .

Important point :- spelt contains gluten, so its not suitable for people with coeliac disease.

Nutritional value in 1 cup of cooked spelt :-

Calories – 246 cal

Protein – 11 gm

Fat – 1.6 gm

Carbohydrate – 51 gm

Fiber 7.6 gm

 

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