Rye Grain (organic) - 25kg
Although wheat products reign supreme on the shelves of supermarkets, foods made from whole rye are worth looking for, not only for their rich, hearty taste, but for their numerous health benefits. Like most grains, rye is available throughout the year.
Rye is a cereal grain that looks like wheat but is longer and more slender and varies in color from yellowish brown to grayish green. It is generally available in its whole or cracked grain form or as flour or flakes that look similar to old-fashioned oats. Because it is difficult to separate the germ and bran from the endosperm of rye, rye flour usually retains a large quantity of nutrients, in contrast to refined wheat flour.
Top 5 Nutritional Benefits
1. Low GI carbohydrate
Whole rye is a low GI food high in insoluble fibre – which means that it prevents erratic fluctuations in blood glucose levels – making rye great for maintaining energy levels. It is important to consider the GI of the rye product as a whole when purchasing products containing rye. For example, sourdough rye bread and rye that contains cracked grains is lower GI than other rye containing breads. Remember portion size is also a consideration when determining the impact of a food on blood glucose levels.
Further to this, rye and other whole grains are rich in magnesium, which is a co-factor for the enzymes involved in the body’s use of glucose and insulin secretion.
2. High in fibre
100g of rye contains 14.6g of fibre (daily recommended consumption of fibre 18g). Rye contains a high amount of insoluble fibre. A study has found that the fibre in wholemeal rye bread may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by improving gut function. It does this by diluting the contents of the colon due to more faecal output, increasing the number of stools passed, speeding up the transit of food through the intestines and by changing the metabolism of gut bacteria.
Rye fibre is high in noncellulose polysaccharides which have high water-binding qualities that have a satiating effect, making you feel fuller more quickly. Rye can therefore be useful for weight loss.
Rye contains lignans which are fibre related polyphenols that provide antioxidant protection. This antioxidant protection is helpful in the prevention of heart disease.
4. Phytooestrogenic properties
The lignan found in rye also has phytoestorgenic properties, which means that it acts like a natural oestrogen but with weaker effect, hence normalising estrogenic activity. This attribute is very useful for menopausal women who are prone to hot flushes due to the dropping of oestrogen levels. There is also possible protection against breast cancer.
5. Increases tooth enamel strength
Raw, sprouted or soaked rye flakes are high in fluorine which increases the strength of tooth enamel as well as bone formation.
How to Use in Diet
Rye contains low amounts of gluten, in the form of a protein called secalins