What is organic food? In a world where the biggest concern regarding health comes from food which is modified, the best way to avoid health problems and to be healthy is to consume organic food.
When applied to agriculture the word “organic food” means that farm production is based upon the philosophy of working in harmony with nature. “Organic” is therefore not a label which can be superficially used to decorate carrier bags, boxes, tins, or bottles, but is rather an attitude to life. Which means that malnutrition is seriously related to how the food we eat is grown. This suggest that a correct diet, regarding being healthy is not only a matter of amount of food that we eat but its quality. For this reason it is important to understand the ways in which the most fundamental elements of our diet work.
We will start our series of health benefits & recipe with cereals, which has been the basis of human diet since our forebears succeeded thousands of year ago both in growing wild grasses and improving them by cultivation. In Europe the prevailing varieties are wheat, rye, barley and oats. In Asia rice dominates whilst in Africa it is millet and in Central and South America it is corn. Groats, soup and oatmeal represent the oldest forms of preparation. But nowadays bread is very important in our diet.
Health benefit of spelt:
- Intake of spelt in sufficient quantity reduces the risk of atherosclerosis. Spelt contains niacin that protects the body against cardiovascular risk factors.
- Spelt is a rich source of magnesium, which is a co-factor for several body enzymes. It plays an integral role even in the enzymes that used in the secretion of glucose. As a result of this, spelt substantially lowers the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
- Consuming spelt can help women prevent the formation of gallstones, owing to its rich content of insoluble fiber.
- The fiber present in spelt also has a protective action in women, against breast cancer.
- Spelt is rich in a special type of phytonutrient, called plant lignans. Plant lignans are considered to be highly effective in providing protection against breast and hormone-dependent cancers and also heart diseases.
Do you like to try a different kind of bread? Really different? Alright, then try Walnut bread.
What you need is:
2 tbs yeast
2 tsp coarse salt
4 tsp herb salt
1 tbs acacia honey
2 ½ cups (300 g) finely ground spelt
1 ¾ cups (200 g) freshly ground wheat
½ cup (120 g) walnuts
¼ cup (50 g) butter
First you need to stir the yeast, salt and honey together with a little lukewarm water and mix with both portions of flour adding 1 ¼ cups water. Knead the dough thoroughly for 10 minutes and leave to rise for 20 minutes in a warm place. Chop the walnuts, melt the butter and knead both ingredients into the risen dough for 10 minutes. Shape the dough into a loaf and place on a graced baking tray. Leave to rise for a further 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 2200 C and place a bowl of water in the oven. Make parallel incisions on the surface of the loaf and spray lightly with water. Bake for 25 minutes.