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Ingredient Spotlight: Spelt

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Ancient grains are making a robust comeback in product development. One such grain that has garnered attention is spelt, an ancient wheat variety known for its rich nutritional profile and distinct nutty flavor. Also known as dinkel and farro, spelt has been cultivated since 5000 BC. A subspecies of wheat, spelt’s closest relatives are barley and rye. 

DakotaMB’s Spelt Scoop:

  1. Organic Spelt Flour: As organic food trends continue to rise, DakotaMB has expanded its range of organic spelt flour. Organic farming practices can enhance the nutritional profile of the grain and also promote environmental sustainability. This makes organic spelt flour a favorite among health-conscious consumers and eco-friendly formulators. Spelt can be used in soups, stews, salads and breads, offering a wholesome, hearty element to meals.
  2. Whole Grain Spelt Products: Whole grains have been lauded for their health benefits, including improved digestion, reduced risk of chronic diseases and better weight management. DakotaMB offers a variety of whole grain spelt products, such as whole spelt flour and spelt berries, catering to the demand for minimally processed, nutrient-dense foods. For example, spelt pasta is a nutritious alternative to traditional wheat pasta, providing a higher protein and fiber content while maintaining a satisfying texture.
  3. Spelt-Based Multigrain Blends: Spelt can be used in a wide range of baked goods, from bread and muffins to cookies and cakes and pizza. And the slightly sweet, nutty flavor enhances the taste of baked products. By making spelt part of a multigrain blend, a product makes it easier for consumers to incorporate the nutritious benefits of spelt into their daily diets without sacrificing convenience. 
  4. Gluten-Sensitive Options: While spelt does contain gluten, it is often better tolerated by individuals with mild gluten sensitivities due to its different gluten structure. DakotaMB’s focus is on developing spelt products that cater to this niche market, providing an alternative for those looking to reduce gluten intake without entirely eliminating wheat from their diet.

The Nutritional Edge: Why Choose Spelt?

Spelt's resurgence can be attributed to its impressive nutritional benefits that both product developers and consumers are noticing:

  • High Protein Content: Spelt provides a higher protein content compared to modern wheat varieties, making it a valuable source of plant-based protein.
  • Rich in Dietary Fiber: The high fiber content aids in digestion, helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels and promotes satiety, which can assist in weight management.
  • Vitamins and Minerals: Spelt is packed with essential nutrients, including B vitamins, magnesium, iron and zinc, which are crucial for overall health and well-being.
  • Better Digestibility: Many people find spelt easier to digest than common wheat, which can reduce bloating and other digestive discomforts.

DakotaMB provides spelt cuts, flakes and flour for bakeries and snack food manufacturers. Spelt is a key ingredient in our seven-grain and nine-grain blends, which are expertly milled and blended to deliver texture, taste and nutritional value. Because spelt and wheat flour’s properties are so similar, it is easy to substitute half of your usual flour for spelt flour and get a favorable result. The company's emphasis on sourcing grains from local, non-GMO farms adds an extra layer of trust and quality assurance.

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