Roasted wheat refers to the wheat grains or wheat berries which are dry heated, generally in the roasting ovens. The roasting of grains like wheat is done to stop the damage caused by direct cooking of these grains. The nutritional values of the whole grain gets reduced when it is cooked directly, as, its outer shell weakens and its protein and carbohydrate density gets reduced too. But, dry roasting of these grains helps in limiting the damage and at the same time, just softens the grain by making it edible for consumption.
Health Benefits of Roasted Wheat
- Weight loss: Studies have revealed that women who eat whole wheat grains, are easily able to maintain a healthy weight as compared to the ones who had refined wheat. The roasted wheat grains aided them further to maintain a healthy weight. The wheat grains are enriched with fiber which helps to curb the hunger pangs for a long time and were found to contain abundance of such fibers.
- Type 2 Diabetes: In the recent years, there have been claims about the importance of roasted wheat grains in the diets developed for diabetics. The claims of their effectiveness were not proven or contested by any authoritive source but it is largely believed that the wheat grains that are roasted will help the diabetics to keep their blood sugar levels in check.
- Chronic Inflammation: It was found that that the people whose diets included the food sources to be high in choline like whole roasted grains of wheat and their metabolite betaine, could lower the risk of inflammation by about 20%. The choline and betaine helps to inhibit the inflammatory markers.
- Gallstones: The whole roasted grains of wheat are a rich source of insoluble fiber which helps to reduce the instances of gallstones. The fiber content of these grains helps to reduce the transit time and also curbs the production of bile acids, increases insulin sensitivity and lowers blood fats. The insoluble fiber is also found in lot many vegetables and fruits too. Tomatoes, cucumbers, apples and berries are some of the excellent sources of these fibers. Also, whole wheat was found to alleviate the symptoms of bowel diseases like constipation, pain, flatulence, nausea, and distension.