When preparing any type of product it is essential to havetop quality ingredients This golden rule is equally important in sweets and pastries. In Monte Turia we try to produce our sweets based on a careful selection of each of them.
But if there is an important ingredient that has a special impact on the quality of sweets, this is undoubtedly wheat flour. A product that is the result of a cereal and that is part of both our traditional and contemporary pastries. And it is that flour is one of the fundamental ingredients in the kitchen.
It is precisely wheat flour that is most produced among all flours. The good baker and leftover confectioner knows that not just any wheat flour is worth it, but that it must meet a number of characteristics so that we can consider it quality.
Characteristics of wheat flour and types
Wheat flour is the result of grinding wheat grain alone or mixing it with durum wheat. The characteristics of wheat flour can be very different depending on the type of grain used (hard or soft), or the type of grinding that is carried out, that is, the way in which the grain is destroyed.
White wheat flour
First, the wheat grains are cleaned and the germ, bran and aleurone layer inside the grain itself begin to separate. One time We have done this step, grinding is executed and based on the size of the particles a classification is made.
De aquí obtenemos diferentes tipos de harina como la sémola, la semolina, la mostacilla y la harina gruesa y fina. These types of flour are used as the basis for many types of food such as pasta or bread, among others.
Whole wheat flour
Whole wheat flouris the consequence of grinding whole grain. In this way, the material we obtain will have a much darker and more intense color. This procedure will also allow us to obtain a flour that maintains its properties much better.
Some of our products are made with whole wheat flour, which is the case with whole-grain curls.
Nutritional Value of Wheat Flour
Wheat is a food rich in carbohydrates, although it also contains to a lesser extent proteins, fats, minerals and a considerable contribution of vitamins, specifically A, B-3 and B-9.
Another of the most particular characteristics of wheat grain is its low water supply. This uniqueness with respect to other foods allows the flour to be preserved very easily.
Gluten, one of the proteins found in flour, is responsible for this have an elasticity and spongy incomparable with other foods.
On the other hand, wholemeal flour, in addition to having a lower glycemic index, provides a greater amount of nutrients, although it contains more fat than white.
Magnesium, calcium, potassium or fiber are other components that make wheat flour a complete food. These characteristics make wheat flour among the healthiest types of flour.
Benefits of wheat flour
Today we find a lot of products that contain wheat flour. Some products that are part of our diet such as bread or pasta are made with a significant amount of flour.
In fact, for a diet to be considered healthy and balanced, it must contain foods of all kinds. Nor can those that provide us with a considerable amount of carbohydrates be missing.
Wheat flour taken in moderation is a recommended food for those with high uric acid, helping, for example, to prevent gout attacks. It also benefits the circulatory system and the heart, making it ideal for those who have cholesterol.
Because of its contribution of iron, it is advisable for those who carry out very intense workouts, since it is capable of developing and protecting the muscles. On the other hand, potassium that contains wheat flour can help regulate blood pressure and even prevent rheumatism and arthritis.
From Monte Turia we wish that this article has allowed you to know an ingredient as fundamental as wheat flour. Sweets in general can be part of our diet without any problem. In fact, in another of our articles we already mention a list of 7 healthy and healthy sweets.
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