Healthy Benefits of Freshly Milled Grains
The health benefits of milling your own grains at home are staggering. As most of us know, the less processed our foods are, the healthier they are for us. It is said that as much as 45% of the vitamins and minerals in the grains are lost after 24 hours of being milled. That’s a lot, but not nearly as much as the 85%-90% that is lost 72 hours later! By the time you have bought the flour at the store and brought it home, there is very little nutrition left, even in with whole wheat, quinoa flour, etc. That is not very conducive to a healthy way of eating. This is especially true if you are taking the time to make your own breads, pastas or muffins.
Many people are embracing the gluten-free diet for health reasons and/or dietary reasons. This means that a lot of people are making there own breads at home. However, when you look at the ingredient list for some of these, you can have 2-3 different flours and they only call for a ¼ of a cup. That’s a lot of left over, store bought flours, with very little nutritional value left in your cupboard. If you mill your grains when needed, that leaves only 1 healthy item in your cupboard versus two.
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Not only does a freshly milled grain have a much larger nutritional value than store bought, they also punch a much better flavor. One of the main keys to great tasting food is using fresh ingredients. Just imagine how much better your next batch of homemade breads will taste when you add in fresh milled flour? You’ll be the star at your next dinner.
The combination of more nutritious and better tasting food is a combo that should have people lining up to start milling their own grains.