It might hit you hard if today your nutritionist told you to cut your favorite daily snack made of white flour. Upon explaining to you the reason why and the many alternatives you have at your disposal, you’ll slowly nod in appreciation.
Like many processed foods white flour comes with its package of drawbacks.
First, the good part of whole grain; vitamins, vital minerals, and fiber are removed during processing, and even when fortified, the nutrition value is way lower than that of whole grain. White flour is quickly digested and broken down quickly blood sugar which makes energy be used up more quickly.
Just like refined sugar, refined white flour has been linked to health problems like high blood pressure, and obesity. It is also not a good choice for people suffering from diabetes.
Healthy organic alternatives to white flour
1. Brown Rice Flour
Brown rice flour works best when it is mixed with other flour. It has higher nutrients and fiber and is easily digested. It is good for making pasta and if you’d like to thicken your soup, brown rice flour is a perfect choice.
2. Coconut Flour
Some nutritionists have called it a complete package when it comes to alternatives to white flour due to its high nutritional value. It is a good source of protein and is high in fiber as well as healthy fats.
Coconut flour requires little or no sweetener depending on your taste because it is naturally sweet. When using this flour, you will require more liquid to mix because it absorbs more liquid than other flours.
3. Almond Flour
It is made from ground almonds and is good for baking. Almond flour has important minerals like potassium and magnesium and has been linked to increase in HDL cholesterol which is good and poses no health risk to your heart.
4. Chickpea Flour
Chickpea flour is made from ground garbanzo beans. It is an excellent source of vitamin B making it good for pregnant women. It is also high in protein and is gluten-free. Chickpea flour is all-purpose flour and can be eaten with almost anything.
For your holiday foods, chickpea flour is an excellent choice and can be used in foods like omelets, French toast batter, crepes, and pancakes and can also be used in making crispy coatings.
5. Oat Flour
Oat flour is not expensive and does not pose challenges when used in baking. However, it bakes well when mixed in equal ratios with other flours. It is an outstanding source of fiber. Oat flour is readily available in grocery stores but if you have oat in your possession, making oat flour is an easy do-it-yourself exercise. First, ensure your oat is dry and if it’s not, sundry is for a day or two then grind in a coffee grinder or blender. Like coconut flour, oat flour is more absorbent and therefore add more liquid to your recipe.