World wide, wheat is the leading source of vegetable protein in human food, having a higher protein content than other major cereals, corn or rice. In terms of total production tonnages used for food, it is currently second to rice as the main human food crop and ahead of corn, after allowing for corn’s more extensive use in animal feeds.
Six wheat classifications: 1) hard red winter, 2) hard red spring, 3) soft red winter, 4) durum (hard), 5) Hard white, 6) soft white wheat.[ The hard wheat’s have the most amount of gluten and are used for making bread, rolls and all purpose flour. The soft wheat’s are used for making flat bread, cakes, pastries, crackers, muffins, and biscuits.
Wheat Nutrition (thank you wikipedia)
100 g (3.5 oz) of hard red winter wheat contain about 12.6 g (0.44 oz) of protein, 1.5 g (0.053 oz) of total fat, 71 g (2.5 oz) of carbohydrate (by difference), 12.2 g (0.43 oz) of dietary fiber, and 3.2 mg (0.00011 oz) of iron (17% of the daily requirement).
The same weight of hard red spring wheat contains about 15.4 g (0.54 oz) of protein, 1.9 g (0.067 oz) of total fat, 68 g (2.4 oz) of carbohydrate (by difference), 12.2 g (0.43 oz) of dietary fiber, and 3.6 mg (0.00013 oz) of iron (20% of the daily requirement).
It should be noted that gluten constitutes about 80% of the protein contained in wheat. Removing gluten(gluten free products) also removes 80 percent of the protein your body needs.
Studies in Europe, South America, Australasia, and the USA suggest that approximately 0.5 to 1% of the population “may” have celiac disease. If you are not one of the less than 1% of the population to be diagnosed as being gluten intolerant. Get off the gluten free fad wagon!
Eat less highly processed white flours and more whole wheat and multi-grain products. Eat more rye and barley products.
If the first item on the bread ingredient list is not whole wheat(whole grain) select another brand / variety of bread.
Gluten is often present in beer and soy sauce, and can be used as a stabilizing agent in more unexpected food products, such as ice cream and ketchup. Protein content of pet foods may also be enhanced by adding gluten.
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