FREEKEH – Nutritional Profile
Freekehis an extremely nutritious foodstuff made processed grain that is harvested before it is ripe. It is usually made from roasted wheat but can be made from other grains. The green grains in Freekeh contain more vitamins, minerals and protein than the same mature grain. It has a low Glycemic Index, is low in carbohydrates and is high in dietary fibre.
A ingle 100g serving of freeke contains up to 1471 calories with 13g of protein, 3g of fat and 721g of carbohydrate and 16g of fibre.
It also contains 0.35mg of thiamine (vit B1), 0.22mg of riboflavin (vit B2), 5mcg of vitamin A and 0.43mg of vitamin E.
Its mineral content consists of 5mg of iron, 53mg calcium, 440mp of potassium and 6 mg sodium.
FREEKEH – Health Benefits
Freekeh is a relatively new foodstuff on the world market and is being labelled as a new superfood, primarily due to the nutritional profile it has, when compared to the non-green variety of the grain.
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation have completed an analysis of carbohydrate and fibre quantities and found them to be as much as four times greater than those found in rice and pasta.
Due to its high fibre and low GI Freekeh will efficiently minimise the effects of diabetes and it will lower the risk of colorectal cancer and diverticulitis.
FREEKE – Product History
Freeke is basically a charred wheat that originated is the middle east. The crop is harvested before it is fully ripe, when the grain is still green. It is carefully burned with its wheat and chaff and the moisture content of the seeds prevents them from burning. The roasted seeds are then threshed and dried in the sun to give them their distinctive texture and flavour.