Kamut (aka Khorasan Wheat or Oriental Wheat) is a tetraploid wheat species and an ancient grain originating from Egypt that is getting very popular due to its health-promoting qualities. It has a rich and unique nutty flavor and is twice the size of normal wheat. It’s used as a healthy ingredient in the preparation of many baked goods, salads or offered as dry grains like this organic kamut grain cereal! Produced by Nature’s Path The product contains 100% whole organic kamut that is sodium-free, fat-free, sugar-free and low in calories, while having a good amount of fiber and protein.
1 cup of cooked kamut contains 6.7gr of dietary fiber which is about 17% of the recommended daily intake for a grown man and 27% for a woman. Fiber rich foods like kamut can lower the risk of heart problems, obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes, digestive problems, constipation, colon cancer, duodenal ulcer and other illnesses.
Kamut also contains magnesium. It offers around 96mg per serving cup, which equals to 23% of the daily requirement for men and 30% for women. Magnesium is used by the body to strengthen bones, teeth and hair. It balances the levels of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin D, zinc, potassium and copper. A magnesium rich diet also helps activate the enzymes in the body and relieve mild depression. Those who don’t take enough magnesium daily, have higher chance of developing heart failure, diabetes, depression, osteoporosis and high blood pressure.
Khorasan wheat has selenium and manganese. 1 cup of this grain has circa 2.09mg which is more than 100% of the daily requirement for both women and men according to the Food and Nutrition Board. Kamut has 55mg of selenium per serving which also covers the entire recommended dosage for both sexes. Manganese and selenium act as antioxidants that protect from cell damage by free radicals and also from gene mutations. Both minerals support the regulation of hormones. Selenium aids in the production of thyroid hormones, while manganese helps synthesize sex hormones.
Niacin/vitamin B3 is also present in the Oriental wheat. It supports a healthy nervous system and is indispensable for the producing of some endocrine hormones. Vitamin B3 is important for the metabolism of fats, carbs and proteins. 1 serving of kamut contains 4.7mg of niacin which equals to 29% of an adult man’s recommended daily amount and 34% of a woman’s RDA. Eating niacin-rich foods more often might assist in decreasing the risk of a heart attack, osteoarthritis, high LDL cholesterol, atherosclerosis and diabetes.
Kamut is a good source of protein. Proteins are vital biological molecules that have a major role in building and maintaining strong muscle and other tissues. To boot, protein has a role in oxygen transportation and keeping a good immune system. A cup of cooked Khorasan wheat has bout 10gr of protein.