Updated: Nov 5, 2019
We are only using Organic Kamut Flour for our homemade fresh pasta and sourdough pizzas flew in every three months from Italy. But how well do people know about this special flour?
Kamut flour is ground from whole Kamut grains which is a specialty grain that is considered a spring wheat providing a highly nutritious ingredient for foods. Khorasan wheat or Oriental wheat (Triticum turgidum ssp. turanicum also called Triticum turanicum), commercially known as kamut, is a tetraploid wheat species. It is an ancient grain type; Khorasan refers to a historical region in modern-day Iran in the northeast and parts of Central Asia including modern-day Afghanistan. This grain is twice the size of modern-day wheat and is known for its rich, nutty flavor.
In 100 grams, Kamut wheat provides 337 calories and is a rich source (more than 19% of the Daily Value, DV) of numerous essential nutrients, including protein (29% DV), dietary fiber (46% DV), several B vitamins and dietary minerals, especially manganese (136% DV) (table). Khorasan wheat is 11% water, 70% carbohydrates, 2% fat and 15% protein (table). Kamut is also rich in nutrients that are essential for good health, including dietary fiber, manganese, magnesium and niacin.
Fiber and Protein
Kamut provides you with fiber, a type of carbohydrate, and protein, an essential macronutrient. Protein plays a central role in maintaining strong tissue, and also aids in oxygen transport and immune function, while fiber helps lower your cholesterol, fights type 2 diabetes and maintains digestive health. Each 1-cup serving of cooked kamut contains 10 grams of protein, or 17 percent of the protein requirements for an average 150-pound individual, according to intake guidelines published by Iowa State University Extension. A cup of cooked kamut also provides you with 7.4 grams of dietary fiber, which is 28 percent of the daily intake recommended for women and 19 percent recommended for men, as set by the Institute of Medicine.
Selenium and Manganese
Consume kamut as an excellent source of the essential minerals selenium and manganese. Each serving contains the entire daily recommended manganese intake for women and 78 percent for men, as set by the Institute of Medicine. Kamut also contains 55 micrograms of selenium per serving -- your entire daily selenium requirement. Both minerals function as antioxidants, which means they protect you from genetic mutations and cell membrane damage caused by free radicals. They also support your body's hormone balance -- manganese helps you synthesize sex hormones, while selenium supports the production of thyroid hormones.
Magnesium and Zinc
Kamut also benefits your health by providing considerable amounts of magnesium and zinc. Each serving contains 83 milligrams of magnesium -- 20 percent of the recommended daily intake for men and 26 percent for women, as set by the Institute of Medicine, as well as 40 and 29 percent of the recommended daily zinc intakes for women and men. A diet rich in zinc benefits your immune system and promotes healthy thyroid function, while magnesium strengthens bone tissue and activates enzymes your cells need to function.