Packed full of nutrients, extremely tasty, and easier to digest, our Spelt loaf is a winner with bread lovers far and wide – but why is it so popular? Find out more below:
What is Spelt?
Spelt is an ancient cereal grain, first cultivated around 8000 years ago. The older cousin of the modern day wheat grain, spelt gets a mention in the Old Testament and in various Roman texts. Grown widely in Europe and the Middle East, spelt remained a popular cereal crop right up until the 19th century when modern farming practices began to take over.
How is it harvested?
In the field, spelt grows five feet high, whereas modern wheat grows to a more machine-friendly waist height. Even more conveniently for the processors, the husk of modern wheat comes away easily, allowing combine harvesters to strip it down to the grain quickly and efficiently. The husks of spelt, on the other hand, hold on tight, and need rubbing off in specialised machines.
Why is spelt so good for you?
The tough outer layer of spelt protects the grain from insects and disease, which makes it ideal for chemical-free production and allows a more delicate, vitamin and mineral-rich kernel to develop.
What does it taste like?
Spelt has a nutty, slightly sweet, almost malted flavour and makes a light, soft textured loaf, which keeps well and slices nicely.
Why is it so good for you?
With impressively high levels of protein and dietary fibre, it also contains significant levels of iron, copper, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, selenium, niacin, thiamine, vitamin B6, and folic acid. It can also be eaten by some people who find other types of bread hard to tolerate as Spelt flour has a higher water solubility than standard wheat, which may be the reason why many people report finding spelt bread easier to digest than normal bread.
Need more convincing? Here are a few more reasons Spelt is so good for you:
Digestive Health: Spelt has one of the highest dietary fibre contents of all wheat varieties. This helps the body take up nutrients and reduces conditions like constipation, bloating, cramping, excess gas, diarrhoea, and more serious gastrointestinal issues like ulcers.
Cholesterol: The high fibre content of spelt also helps lower cholesterol by inhibiting the uptake of ‘bad cholesterol’ from food.
Circulation: High levels of iron and copper in spelt combine to significantly boost circulation.
Bone Health: Spelt has an impressive range of essential minerals that are necessary for bone health, including zinc, magnesium, copper, phosphorous, and selenium.
Growth and Development: The high levels of phosphorous, combined with the impressive content of protein in spelt makes this cereal very important for the development and growth of new tissues, blood vessels, muscles, bones, and organs.
Immune System Health: Spelt is one of the few cereals to contain a significant level of the B-family vitamin Thiamine, which is known to boost your immune system and stimulate the defensive mechanisms of the body, while also easing psychological stress and anxiety.