The Staff of Life
"Give us this day our daily bread. " That simple plea is included in the Lord' s Prayer because bread, made from wheat, was the "staff of life" in Palestine -- as it is for us today. Wheat bread is a source of energy that contains the food elements essential for the growth, health and upkeep of a human body.
Wheat is the world's most widely grown crop, and a dietary staple for a significant part of the world's population.
Not so long ago, breads were eaten at nearly every meal, and still are in many third world countries. Full of nutrients, satisfying and comforting, good bread truly is the staff of life, being the basis for many great meals—if not the meal itself during hard times. There are very good reasons why, for thousands of years, civilization has relied on wheat as the staff of life. The benefits go beyond wheat’s calorie and energy contributions, and even beyond wheat as a primary source of fiber. The Phytochemicals in wheat provide health benefits that are absolutely essential to productive life.
Adam was the discoverer of wild wheat which started agriculture and as Adam is the father of civilization. In keeping with ancient tradition Adam is honored by naming him as the First Man, the progenitor of the human race. Bread itself is accorded a unique place of honor at our tables, having a special blessing, and by treating it as sacred. The full grace after meals is recited only when bread has been eaten with the meal.
Wheat is found in three basic strains: hard, or winter, wheat, used in bread making; soft wheat, used for pastries; and durum, used for pasta. Wheat is available as a whole grain (wheat berries), as flour, cracked, in flakes, and in a variety of other forms. In the United States we raise "hard" wheat, "soft" wheat, bearded wheat, smooth wheat, and, in North Dakota and Minnesota, durum wheat used to make macaroni, spaghetti and noodles. In our northern States, including northern Illinois, we raise spring wheat.
Bulghur is steamed, hulled, and cracked wheat berries.
Couscous is made from refined durum wheat and looks like tiny grains.
Farina is a refined cereal made from ground and sifted wheat.
Wheat germ is the nutrient-rich core of the wheat kernel.
Wheat bran, the outer layer of the grain, is rich in fiber and nutrients.Because of its high oil content, improperly stored wheat germ can become rancid. So store it in sealed glass jars and keep it refrigerated. Find other, prepackaged wheat products in most natural foods and grocery stores; buy in bulk for maximum savings. Nutritional Highlights - Wheat, 1 cup (120g) (hard white)
*Excellent source of: Iron (8.7mg), Magnesium (178mg), Zinc (6.4mg), and Niacin (8.4mg)
Ways to use Wheat.
Wheat can be used in many stages of its development, many recipes available for
Grinding wheat and baking in breads, fresh ground wheat contains essential omega 3 oils which can affect many things in your body including hormones. (do you feel depressed, PMS, even Menopause, can be affected by this nutrient deficiency) And all the fiber, fiber can clean your system, help remove waste, help carry out fats that you ingest before they can settle on your waistline, lower cholesterol and prevent many illnesses including colon cancer. It has been shown in research that 35 grams of fiber daily in your diet can lower the sugar in urine dramatically, Fiber is the #1 health benefit in preventing (and even some cases curing) diabetes. If you are not allergic to wheat, it could make a dramatic difference in your overall health and temperament to have some fresh ground wheat bread every day. Keep in mind again that wheat because of the oils has to be used quickly. Some people make wheat bread dough on one day and refrigerate or even freeze it to bake later as they need it. This may depend on your recipe.
Other stages include using sprouts, which is full of protein and other vitamins. Sprouts can be eaten in salads, or mashed into breads. It can have a sweet flavor. If left to grow a little longer between 6-9 inches it becomes wheat grass, which can be used in other ways also, even juiced. In this stage it has amazing nutritional value. The solid content of juice made from wheat grass is 70 percent chlorophyll. And is said to be able to protect against radiation fallout,… but I will cover more about that in a future newsletter.
Since there is so many ways to use wheat, I am going to break this subject up into separate newsletters so I can cover it more completely.Allergies and sensitivities -Healthcare providers often recommend a low-allergen diet, to people with suspected food allergies in order to find out if avoiding common allergen foods provides relief from symptoms. Most elimination diets are quite restrictive, and can increase the likelihood of nutritional deficiencies. A successful elimination diet is usually followed by the reintroduction of eliminated foods one at a time, to identify which ones are causing allergic reactions and therefore need to be eliminated indefinitely. After strictly avoiding problem foods for a period of time (usually months or years), some people can enjoy these foods again without experiencing allergic reactions.
Food allergies are caused by the body not having the protein available to digest it, this can sometimes be fixed by supplementing with a protein supplement, depending on your bodies chemistry and the severity of the allergy.
The Next Newsletters I will go over sprouts, wheat grass, and possible wheat grinders. And grinding grains.
A lot of information is avail on websites I found http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles2/clay78.html This site has a lot of great information on growing your own grains, different kinds, and recipes on using them. A real interesting must read. Also http://www.pccnaturalmarkets.com/health/Food_Guide/Wheat.htm
The Local Wheat costs when I found this info which was awhile ago, (they can change without notice, so check ahead of time if you are going to pick up some.) $7.50- $9.00 per 60lb bag.depending on variety. They also have Flax 56lb for $12.00 Location is 1600 27th SE Minot. 701-852-5608
Pasta avail at http://www.dakotagrowers.com/index.shtml