Losing weight, but just not seeing results fast enough?
I have a new ingredient you may want to consider working into your daily meals. Spelt is a nutrient dense grain and new research suggests that this special little grain can actually speed up your weight loss and improve your results on the whole.
Plus, it also comes with a whole slew of other health benefits, too. What more could you want?
Let’s take a more in-depth look at spelt now.
What is Spelt?
Also sometimes known as “dinkel wheat” or “hulled wheat,” spelt is a grain that has been in use since 5,000 BC. It was particularly popular in the medieval times, and it is one of the oldest cultivated crops in all of history. Today it is mostly grown in central Europe and northern Spain.
Spelt is believed to be a hybrid of wild goat grass and emmer wheat, and until the health food community picked up on it a few years ago, it was largely considered a “relic” and was not in regular use. It is very high in nutrients, vitamins and minerals, and many say it has a “nutty” taste to it – whether in bread, pasta or any other product.
Spelt and Weight Loss
Spelt can aid weight loss in a number of ways. First, it’s very fibrous. Fiber not only ensures the overall health of your digestive and gastro-intestinal systems, it is also very filling. Consuming it helps you avoid overeating, it keeps your fuller longer, and it also staves off unwanted cravings. All of this means fewer calories in – and an easier weight loss journey on the whole.
Spelt is also high in protein, and if you’re working out as part of your weight loss regimen, this added protein can be very beneficial. It can help you build up lean muscle (and more muscle means a higher metabolism), and it can help you recover quickly and more easily after a gym session.
Spelt, or spelt flour specifically, is also a great substitute for refined carbs – carbs that do nothing for your health and could actually hurt your waistline. Instead of regular white bread, pasta or white rice, opt for a slice of spelt bread or a spelt roll. It will help you feel fuller longer, and it will mean fewer calories, too.
Other Benefits of Spelt
In addition to helping with your weight loss efforts, spelt and spelt flour come with a variety of other health benefits as well. They can boost your metabolism, improve hormonal balance, boost your immune system, strengthen your bones and skeletal system, regulate your digestive system, and lower your blood sugar levels.
Spelt can decrease your cholesterol levels, too. You see, the high levels of fiber actually impact your body’s cholesterol uptake processes and stop the body from absorbing cholesterol from the food you eat. It specifically targets LDL cholesterols – the bad ones that clog up your arteries – and can help your body maintain healthy levels.
Spelt is also highly nutritious. It offers 21 percent of your daily protein, 30 percent of your dietary fiber, and high levels of iron, copper, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, selenium, niacin, thiamin, vitamin B-6, folic acid and more.
The high levels of copper and iron actually help boost your circulation, too. These two minerals are vital to red blood cell production, and when red blood cell production increases, it means more blood flowing through your body, to your organs and tissues. This has tons of advantages, like boosting your metabolism, improved healing abilities, more energy and even hair and nail growth.
The easiest way to eat spelt is to use a flour made from it. Instead of putting traditional bread or baking flour in your recipes, head to a health food store and stock up on spelt flour instead. Just remember, when subbing in spelt, make sure to decrease your recipe’s liquids by about 10 percent – spelt flour is not as dense as other types of flours on the market.
When eating spelt bread, make sure to keep your toppings healthy, too. Don’t use lots of high-fat cheeses, butters or condiments (like mayo), and opt for more nutritious ingredients instead. Things like avocado, banana, lean turkey meat and veggies are all great choices.
As spelt flour is growing in popularity, it’s becoming easier and easier to find. Though a specialty health food store will definitely have it, many other grocery store chains are beginning to carry alternative flours – especially as the gluten-free fad picks up steam.
Try Spelt Today
Have you ever tried spelt, spelt flour or spelt bread? If you’re hoping to lose weight, you might want to consider picking some up this week. Not only can it boost your weight loss results; it can improve your health on the whole, too. Want to learn more? Have questions? Post them in the comments below.
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