Discover low carb flours

The commodities of modern life have interfered and much in our day-to-day for good as well as for evil. It is in terms of food where we suffer the most from these interferences, because we have an easy and practical way to dispose of an arsenal of ultra-processed and industrialized foods, frozen, embedded, sugary, that invaded our homes and filling us with extra pounds.

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More and more these unhealthy options have been the choice of many people who end up putting aside that old and good healthy eating from grandma. It is not easy to give up practicality in today’s rush, is not it!

And do you know what our daily bread, pizza, cake, pasta has in common? Yes, white flour. And when we are willing to lose weight, flour and sugar are the first to be cut out of our diet.

Why is white flour bad?

White wheat flour goes through refining processes until it reaches the point as we know it, this results in a flour low in fiber and nutrients. It is easily converted into glucose in our body and absorbed into the bloodstream causing high glycemic indexes.

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Recent studies claim that flour has an addictive power, thus explaining the fact of how difficult it is to abandon it in our diet. Another negative factor is that flour does not promote satiety, that is, we are never satisfied with just a roll or piece of pizza, do we? The desire is always to eat and eat and eat. Not to mention the presence of gluten, which is a problem for those who are intolerant of it.

  • In order to abolish the consumption of white flour and replace it with healthier options, we have low carb flourson the market, which are options with very little carbohydrate and rich in fiber.

Benefits of low carb flours

There are several options in the low carb meal market and all have numerous health benefits and contribute to the weight loss process. Basically:

  • They are sources of fibers that promote satiety and regulate intestinal functioning;
  • They help eliminate fats during digestion, preventing their absorption and contribute to the control of bad cholesterol and triglycerides;
  • They control glycemic levels because they delay the absorption of glucose;
  • Rich in antioxities, vitamins and minerals for the proper functioning of the body;
  • Gluten-free. Great option for celiacs.

Options for replacing white flour

In all types of diet and dietary reeducation, the basic principle is to reduce the daily intake of white flour and replace it partly or totally with healthy options with more fiber and nutrients and little carbohydrate, abolishing it altogether or leaving its consumption to special occasions.

You can continue making your favorite pizza, bread or cake recipe however, replacing it with low carb flour.  Let’s talk about 05 flours as an option for your fit recipes .

Flaxseed flour

Flaxseed flour is an excellent functional food, rich in fibers that promote satiety and help intestinal transit, heart-friendly fatty acids, antioxidants and anticancer substances that protect our body.

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We even made a post just for her (Know the benefits of flaxseed)  Very easy to find and practical to make at home, just beat the flaxseeds in a blender or processor until it becomes powder, put in a jar with a lid and store in the fridge to talk about your properties.

Almond Flour

We have several options for oilseeds: chestnuts, walnuts, macadamia, and so on. Today I chose to talk about almond flour. Almond is rich in fiber and protein, and also has fatty acids that lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL).

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It has anti-toxicity action against free radicals and also contributes to cancer prevention. It is worth mentioning that the almond has a good amount of calcium that favors the health of our bones and teeth and phosphorus that contributed to mental development.

To make the flour, just grind them into powder. Store in a container with a lid and store in a cool place or in the refrigerator. Then, just enjoy its benefits by including it in your recipes.

Passion fruit flour

Passion fruit is a fruit from the passion fruit well known for its calming properties. It is rich in vitamin A, C and B complex and mineral salts like calcium, phosphorus and iron.

Also read : (Check out the health benefits of passion fruit)

Its flour has proved to be a strong ally in weight loss, in the control of diabetes and cholesterol thanks to a soluble fiber called pectin. This fiber promotes satiety through the production of a gel after ingestion that “fills” the stomach and scavenges the body’s fats and toxins preventing its absorption and facilitating its elimination. Pectin is found in greater concentration in the white part of the passion fruit peel and not in the pulp.

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The flour is easily found in health food stores and if you prefer, it can be made at home as follows:

  • Wash and sanitize the passion fruit as usual;
  • Remove the pulp and make a good juice;
  • Cut the peel into strips and place on a baking sheet. Bake for about 30 min (medium heat);
  • Allow to cool and grind with the aid of a processor or blender until it becomes powder;
  • Sift the flour and store it in a jar with a lid, preferably in the refrigerator.

Coconut Flour

Coconut is a functional fruit widely used in cooking worldwide. Well known for its water that is rich in potassium and electrolytes, its milk that is rich in nutrients and a substitute for cow’s milk and its oil that is rich in good fats.

Coconut flour, little talked about in relation to its other versions, also has great nutritional value. Contains fibers that regulate the intestine, help with weight loss and control glycemic and bad cholesterol and speed up metabolism. Its flour is obtained through the pulp and peel it takes a little work to prepare at home, but it is worth it. It can be found easily in health food stores.

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To make the flour :

  • Break a coconut with the help of a hammer (or by throwing it against the wall or floor… lol!)
  • Separate the pulp shell;
  • Cut into pieces and grind in a blender or grinder with about 600ml of water;
  • Strain everything with the help of a clean cotton cloth (you will get coconut milk);
  • Spread the crushed coconut bagasse as dry as possible on a baking sheet and put it in the oven at low temperature and stir from time to time until it turns yellow;
  • If you want it to be thinner, just crush and sift;
  • Store in a covered container and store in a cool place or in the refrigerator.

Eggplant flour

Coming from Eggplant, this flour contains a lot of fiber, even more than the other flours listed above. So it has a high power in satiety and in the control of binge eating and in the control of cholesterol. Literally dries up accumulated fat! Read about the benefits of eggplant here .

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It is very easy to make flour at home. Because it contains a lot of water, a kilo of eggplant yields about 100g of flour only.

  • Wash and sanitize 1 kg of eggplant;
  • Cut into thin slices;
  • Arrange on a baking sheet and bake until dry;
  • Then, grind to a powder, sift and store in a pot with a lid, preferably in the refrigerator.

 

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