If I’m baking, I always use spelt flour. I’ve tried many alternatives – whole wheat, buckwheat, rice flour, almond flour – but my favorite is spelt. Not only is spelt flour easily used in any recipe calling for flour, but it tastes great, is packed with protein, and is easy to digest.
What is spelt?
Spelt is an ancient grain (dated back to 5000BC) and species of wheat. The vital nutrients of spelt berry are found in the inner kernel of the grain. This means that once the berries have been milled, the nutrients aren’t lost like with other species of wheat, making spelt a whole food.
Benefits of spelt
Spelt is highly water soluble, which allows for all of the nutrients to be quickly absorbed into the body. Spelt contains more protein, fats and crude fiber than wheat and has large amounts of Vitamin B17 (anti-carcinoma). It also contains special carbohydrates which play a decisive role in blood clotting and stimulate the body’s immune system so as to increase its resistance to infection.
Spelt is rich in protein, and these proteins contain all of the nine essential amino acids needed by the human body. These amino acids are called “essential” because the body cannot manufacture them. If you don’t eat them, you don’t get them.
Spelt is a relatively low yielding crop so it doesn’t take as much from the soil as more modern crops. It is therefore a more sustainable crop on a long term basis. Being low yielding it also thrives without the application of fertilizers even on relatively poor soils. Spelt is also very resistant to frosts and other extreme weather conditions and the grain’s exceptionally thick husk protects it from pollutants and insects. As spelt is a pure, original grain and not biologically modified in any way it is very resistant to the crop diseases that often plague modern crop varieties and grows quite successfully without the application of herbicides, pesticides or fungicides.
Spelt is stored with the husk intact so it remains fresher over a much longer period than other grains. It has been claimed that spelt’s hull is so strong that it can protect the grain from virtually every type of pollutant, even radioactive fallout.
*The information above is a condensed version about the benefits of spelt flour; for more info check out The Spelt Bakers.