Why Grind My Own Grains?

Nifty terms used on the packaging of flours and grain products lead you to believe they have the same nutrient value as freshly ground flour. However, flour that has been freshly milled contains a more substantial amount of nutrients and is an essential part of a healthy, well-rounded diet.

Health and Nutrition

Whole grains are considered a superfood, or a food that contains large amounts of nutrients. Grains provide a plethora of different nutrients when consumed in its whole form and have numerous health benefits. .

  • Grains are an excellent source of protein, fiber, minerals, and B vitamins
  • Grains help lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, high-blood pressure, and diabetes.

Pre-milled or processed grain products do not contain the same amount of nutrients as freshly milled flour. Most nutrients are manually stripped from the grain but others are lost due to milling processes, time, and exposure.

Taste

Put simply, fresh foods taste better. You will notice a difference in taste between foods made from freshly ground flour and its store-bought counterpart. One specific way fresh, whole grain flour tastes better is because it still contains the germ of the grain. The majority of the oil in a grain is located in the germ, which adds a sweeter flavor to your baked goods.

Variety

There are hundreds of grains available to consumers each with their own formula of nutrients and benefits. You can be confident you are getting the freshest flour even from the toughest of grains.

  • NutriMill provides a variety of mills designed to handle particular milling tasks, such as oily grains and legumes.
  • Many grains and legumes are naturally gluten free offering variety for those who have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.
  • There are a variety of other uses besides baked goods, such as grinding beans for refried beans or cracking peas for split pea soup 

 

Click here to view our infographic about the 'Great Grain Robbery.'

Additional Resources: 

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