Here are five healthy alternatives to refined flour (Maida)Last updated on Feb 20, 2020, 07:52 pm
Since refined flour (or maida) doesn't come with any nutritional value, it is best to switch to healthier options.
Made from wheat grain, the only thing that refined floor gives us is excessive calories.
Even though, wheat has plenty of nutrients, when it is converted into refined flour, the processing takes away all its goodness.
Here are top five healthy alternatives to refined flour.
Soy flour is, arguably, not the best choice for preparing some delicacies like cookies, but it is definitely highly nutritious.
Made from soybean, soy flour is a great source of protein, iron, calcium, and essential vitamins.
It can also help lower cholesterol in the body.
Moreover, women nearing menopause must consume soy-based foods to avoid hot flashes, mood swings, irritation, and other unwanted symptoms.
If you are looking for a gluten-free option, almond flour is what you should go for.
Owing to its sweet and soft texture, almond flour has garnered massive popularity recently.
It can also help prevent deficiency of essential nutrients like manganese, vitamin E, and fiber content.
Further, almond flour is great for baking recipes, such as brownies and cakes.
Brown rice flour
In comparison to other flours, brown rice flour has a high fiber content.
It comes with the goodness of Vitamin B, iron, and manganese, which aid in the formation of bones and tissues.
It is also a great pick for preparing recipes that require a fluffy texture.
In fact, those who have an allergy of nut flours can opt for brown rice flour.
#4 and #5
Oat flour and Quinoa flour
Oat flour: You can also opt for oat flour. It helps in maintaining cholesterol levels and lowering blood pressure. Further, you can prepare it at home simply by grinding the oat flakes.
Quinoa flour: Likewise, this protein-rich flour can also be prepared easily at home. You can also use it to thicken the texture of your soups.