Why use freshly prepared grains?
Nothing compares to flour that’s been freshly milled – it’s aromatic and bursting with wholesome nutrients! With grains and flour it is as with most foods that we eat: The "fresher" and more natural the better for your health and taste buds. This holds true for grains too. Grains can be stored for years in a cool, dry place, without losing almost any of their nutritional value and "freshness". There is nothing compared to an oven- fresh bread using only flours prepared freshly from organic grains. The same holds true for cereals, cakes, pastries…
Natural whole grains contain a wide range of essential nutrients, including proteins, amino acids, and vitamins. The flour retains the complete endosperm, meaning the bran and germ has not been sifted out as with white flour. However, commercially milled products don’t offer you those nutrients. Why? Once milled, the oils found in the bran and germ oxidizes - a process begins that quickly starts to break down many of the nutrients found in whole grains. Therefore, flours and flakes should not be stored for longer periods of time. It is always best to process the grains shortly before they will be used and consumed.
Additionally, compared to store milled, your
fresh home ground grains don’t require any preservatives or stabilizers because
they are consumed immediately- most
importantly, when you mill your own flour, you know exactly what is in it, no
hidden or unwanted ingredients. Commercially processed flours can contain up to
21 government approved food additives, including bleaching agents such as
chlorine dioxide and benzoyl peroxide, maturing agents, anti-caking agents and
other unnecessary additives. Commercial white flour is made almost
entirely by extracting 72% of the nutritious wheat kernel and sifting
out the bran, shorts, middling and wheat germ. Commercial whole wheat
flour is simply steel ground white flour with part of the bran added
back in. Unless specified, it also contains bleaching agents.
"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." (Hyppocrates)
· A balanced diet rich in whole grains has been repeatedly linked to a number of health benefits, including a reduced risk of colon and bowel cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Regular consumption of whole grains has also been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce the frequency of constipation and digestive upset. Home milling also allows you to add a greater variety of grains to your family's diet, and works well with soft or hard wheat, oat groats (dehulled oats), rice, triticale, kamut, spelt, buckwheat, barley, rye, millet, teff, quinoa, amaranth, sorghum, soybeans and dent (field) corn. This increases your family's overall consumption of healthy grains, and spices up otherwise boring meals with new flavours.
With our mills, you can finely grind grains, legumes and spices as well as small, non-oily seeds and oily seeds. The core nutrients and dietary fibers of whole grains such as magnesium, iron, B vitamins and valuable vegetable proteins remain. Why not give your body what it craves – food that’s as close to its natural state as possible. In addition to the nutritional benefits of milling your own grains, it is cheaper to buy whole grains than to purchase flour that has been already milled. Taste the difference and explore the goodness of freshly prepared whole grains.