A couple of weeks ago, we spoke about the many benefits that you enjoy when you add dates into your diet.
But did you know that you don’t have to eat dates as-is? There are plenty of great foods that contain dates, including our Whole Wheat Date Filled Cookies.
In fact, our cookies are a double threat, as you get all of the benefits of dates as well as a whole wheat experience.
So, what’s so great about going for a whole wheat option? Here are 10 interesting facts about whole wheat that you may not know.
Whole wheat contains a protein named gluten. Many point to this as a bad thing. However, gluten only negatively affects people who have gluten-related conditions, such as coeliac disease or a gluten sensitivity. It’s perfectly safe and healthy to eat if you don’t have one of these conditions.
100 grams of whole wheat contains over 13 grams of protein and over 10 grams of fibre. This makes it an excellent alternative for vegetarians who can’t get their protein from meats. The high fibre content also means that whole wheat has benefits for your digestive system.
Whole wheats contain no trans fats and very little saturated fat. Most of the 2.5 grams of fat in 100 grams of whole wheat are of the polyunsaturated variety, which is a healthy fat source.
Whole wheat has a high manganese content. Manganese helps your body to better process carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. This makes it essential for those who want to enjoy a balanced metabolism.
Humans have eaten wheat for over 17,000 years. Before figuring out how to use it to make other foods, early humans would just eat the raw seeds of the wheat plant.
Whole wheat contains a B-Vitamin called Folate. This is an important vitamin for women undergoing pregnancy, which makes whole wheat products a great choice if you’re expecting.
It’s believed that the wheat plant was first cultivated in an area known as the “cradle of civilisation”. This is a valley in the Euphrates and Tigris regions that is in what we now know as modern-day Iraq.
Some studies indicate that eating a lot of whole grains, such as whole wheat, can lower the risk of you contracting colon cancer.
There are thousands of different varieties of wheat. However, growers split these any varieties into one of six classes:
- Hard Red Spring
- Hard White
- Soft White
- Hard Red Winter
- Soft Red Winter
You should never refrigerate a whole wheat product. Doing so causes the product to go stale five or six times faster than it would if you’d have kept it at room temperature. This goes for cookies, bread, and any other whole wheat foods.
The Final Word
Those are 10 interesting facts about whole wheat that you may not have known before.
All that’s left is to get a little more whole wheat in your diet. Try out Whole Wheat Date Filled Cookies today to experience the combined benefits of dates and whole wheat.