The nutritional benefits of freekeh help consumers meet their demands about their weight, digestive-health and immunity.
Studies undertaken by CSIRO, Australian Government Analytical Labs (AGAL), the University of Adalaide and Finders Medical Centre have revealed that Greenwheat Freekeh™ is:
- high fiber - four times the fiber of brown rice
- low GI - helps to prevent diabetes
- high in protein content
- low in available carbs
- high in calcium for bone health
- rich in lutein - important for eye health
- rich in prebiotic properties - important for fueling the growth of healthy bacteria
Freekeh is low in carbohydrates and high in fiber
In a comparative analysis between freekeh, rice and pasta, freekeh contains – four times the fiber of brown rice. A diet high in fiber can significantly decrease the risk of early death. Men and women with the highest amounts of fiber in their diets were less likely to die of a host of aliments including heart disease, lung or infectious diseases and a host of cancers as well.
Freekeh benefits digestive health
Freekeh aids in fueling the growth of healthy bacteria. As a prebiotic, freekeh provides sustenance for the good bacteria that aid in digestion.
Freekeh is also high in resistant starch, meaning it will not digest in the small intestine. It continues to the larger intestine where bacteria breaks down the resistant starch into short chain fatty acids, now considered a soluble fiber, keeping the bowel healthy.
Some studies indicate that resistant starch (which acts more like a fiber than a carbohydrate) may play a role in weight management.
It is beneficial for preventing constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Freekeh has low glycemic index.
Both the whole grain and cracked freekeh fall in the ‘low GI’ category:
Whole grain GI: 43 units Cracked GI: 55 units.
These figures are lower than published values for similar products such as couscous (GI=64), calrose rice (GI=83) and basmati rice (GI=58). The insulin response to freekeh was also favorable with a
pronounced suppression of insulin release relative to glucose by 64-72%.
Freekeh is rich in lutein
Lutein is important for eye health especially against age-related macular degeneration. Lutein is mostly found in plants so it is unique that a grain can be eaten to obtain lutein.
Source: AMD – University of Adelaide
Freekeh is high in protein
Grains that have been through the freekeh process have a higher protein quality at maturity.