You might be wondering what all the hype over einkorn is lately or what makes einkorn different compared to other grains in your kitchen. Let me help elaborate on this ancient grain and the benefits of why you should be using it.
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What is Einkorn Flour?
Ok, I could really nerd out on this topic and have in the past when friends would be over for dinner. I would casually bring up einkorn after they commented on how they enjoyed the dinner. Then several moments later, with glazed over eyes, dreaming of when I would stop talking about the flour and its pure genetic makeup, I would notice that I had lost them. I would try to be cool and change the conversation casually but the damage was already done. It’s a wonder I was able to keep any of my friends! Since then I have learned to keep it simple.
So here are the highlights:
- Einkorn is an ancient grain
- Modern wheat varieties today are descendants of it
- It has less chromosomes in its DNA than modern wheat
You may be wondering what less chromosomes have to do with the flour we consume. To explain that let me first give you a little background as to how we have modern wheat varieties today. Einkorn was hybridized with wild goat grasses to produce offsprings of durum wheat and modern wheat. This was done out of necessity. A way to create a larger berry and more resilient forms of wheat to mass produce the crop for a growing population.
Sounds great, however, in doing this the offspring gained additional chromosomes with each crossbreeding of plants. Einkorn has 28 chromosomes, while modern wheat has 46. Because of the combinations of past crossbreeding, overtime wheat lost its nutrient dense components and its ability to be at harmony with human digestion. This is a contributing factor as to why we see so many digestive problems in countless adults and children today.
Einkorn Health Benefits
- Contains lutein, an antioxidant, in quantities of 200% more than modern wheat
- Contains more B vitamins, zinc, iron, magnesium, and essential fatty acids
- Contains less phytic acid which prevents proper absorption of iron, zinc, calcium, and minerals
- It’s nutrients are more bioavailable than modern wheat
- A study suggests einkorn reduces the risk of inflammation-related diseases in the heart and digestive systems
- Contains about 30% more protein than modern wheat
|Protein per 100g|
|Spelt (whole grain)||14.5|
|Oats (whole grain)||13.2|
|Soft White Wheat||10.7|
Why We Made The Switch
My family has been using Einkorn since 2016. It has helped our health in ways we didn’t know it could. I had noticed that my oldest was complaining of her tummy hurting every time she ate foods that contained modern wheat. So, it got me researching gluten free products.
I wasn’t a huge fan of some of the methods in how gluten free food was processed, and during my research I came across einkorn. Finding information about it was difficult, but the little I found intrigued my interest and I spent a lot of energy digging up more information about it.
Even though einkorn contains similar or higher amounts of gluten, compared to modern varieties, it contains a much higher ratio of gliadins and glutenins. This means that the gluten forming molecules needed to create the correct structure of gluten in flour is present in einkorn. Modern wheat is lacking the proper ratio of these modules causing gluten imbalances in the wheat itself, which in turn causes problems in human digestion.
We made the switch and I haven’t prepared any of our food with another grain since then. Our experience showed improvement in my daughter’s digestive issues, our chronic illnesses in my husband and I, better digestion for our entire family, and not feeling weighed down by food like we had felt in the past.
Does it taste good?
YES! In our opinion it tastes better than modern wheat. Because it is more protein and nutrient dense, we fill up faster and don’t feel hungry as often. There is a difference in flavor but to my family, it was an enjoyable upgrade. Our guests have never noticed a negative difference in the food I prepare, if anything I have had questions asking about how I prepared the meal or if I bought some of the baked goods from a local bakery!
To put it simply, einkorn is the traditional wheat used by our ancestors, and it is overall more complete and nutrient dense than its alternatives on the shelves.
Our family has been buying our Einkorn from Jovial.
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Tell me in the comments below if you use einkorn! Or if you want to make the switch and use it in your kitchen!
Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
If you’re new to einkorn try these quick easy recipes:
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