Food is key to a healthy lifestyle. We know sometimes it is difficult to achieve varied eating habits without getting tired of finding new meals. That is why today we want to talk to you about Bulgur, one of the most used cereals in the Middle East and African cuisine.
Bulgur is a great food to include because you can prepare it in many different ways. It is made by cooking the grains of tender wheat in water and stirring constantly so that they are cooked evenly and slowly. Once cooked, it is drained and left to dry for several days. There are several types of bulgur, very fine grains, normal or thick
Bulgur is rich in fibre
Bulgur is a derivative of wheat and its nutritional composition is similar: 342 calories per 100-gram serving and 12 calories of protein plus 18 grams of fibre. In addition, bulgur has 35 mg of calcium, a nutrient necessary for good bone and tooth health. It also provides vitamin A, as well as magnesium and up to 2.5 mg of iron.
It should be mentioned that fibre is a hydrate that aids in the digestion and absorption of nutrients. Numerous studies have shown that people with a fibre-rich diet maintain their weight much more easily, in addition to having better cardiovascular health.
Bulgur is also very rich in starch, as well as in carbohydrates of high biological value, which makes it an interesting food for athletes.
Bulgur slows down the absorption of sugar
Again, its high fibre content is a benefit for of slowing down sugars. The positive effects of bulgur consumption on blood sugar levels have been shown, in addition to helping people with diabetes achieve a slower increase in blood glucose compared to white, wholemeal or rye bread.
Bulgur helps weight loss
If you combine bulgur with soups or broths you will have a greater feeling of satiety. In addition, its low-fat content is very interesting in slimming diets and focused on a high cholesterol reduction as it reduces it naturally.
Bulgur improves the functionality of the immune system by providing antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules that fight against oxidative stress. This process is responsible for the oxidation of cholesterol and the accelerated aging of cells.
Considering that bulgur is a derivative of wheat, for those who are intolerant to this cereal and gluten can acquire a variety of bulgur prepared with spelt.
If you are looking for new options and alternatives in your daily diet, bulgur is the perfect food for you. Have you tried it yet?