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World Baking Day: Shift From Maida To High-Protein Flours In Baking

Almond flour and soya flour are packed with the goodness of protein and will make for an extremely healthy alternative to the all purpose flour.
  • Kumari Rajnigandha
  • Editorial
Published -17 May 2022, 10:53 ISTUpdated -17 May 2022, 11:28 IST
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On World Baking Day, let’s take a look at all the alternatives we have to maida. When it comes to baking, maida has become one of the most essential ingredients over the years. When we think of cookies, brownies, pies, bread and other baked goods, one thing that immediately springs to mind is maida. As people are increasingly becoming more health conscious, the demand for alternative flours is becoming too evident to ignore. ACTIVeat bakery is known to make baked goods with are healthy and satiatiating to our taste buds as well. 

They also make gluten-free, healthy cheesecake with only 8 ingredients, all of which are healthier alternatives. The keto-friendly cheesecake can absolutely hold its own against any traditional cheesecake. The sugar is replaced with the sweetener, the crust is gluten-free. So now you can eat those desserst without any guilt!

Almond Flour

''Gluten allergy is one of the major reasons for the shift from maida to alternatives, Apart from that maida is basically just simple carbs and no other nutrients as such. Alternatives like almond flour, soya flour, mix seed flour provide more nutrients and a higher amount of protein than the regular white bread. 

The carbs of alternate flours are also complex in nature which means that it takes time to digest which ensures there's no sudden spike of insulin and keeps one fuller for a longer time.'' said Pranay Jham, Co-founder and CEO of food and nutrition startup ACTIVeat.

Healthy baking doesn't have to be bland. With a few modifications, we can all enjoy home baking as part of a healthy diet. You should not compromise on taste when it comes to your favourite desserts and baked goods. Here are a few healthy alternatives to maida. 

Almond Flour

Almond flour bread healthy

Almond flour is high in vitamin E and other antioxidants, which can help prevent significant health problems such as diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Manganese is also abundant in this flour.

Prebiotic dietary fibre is abundant in almond flour. Bacteria in your small intestine digest this sort of fibre. A digestive system that receives enough prebiotic dietary fibre is healthier and more efficient.

Although almond flour is a beneficial ingredient, it is still prepared with almonds, which have a high calorie content. When compared to wheat flour, almond flour has around 50% more calories per volume. You can avoid ingesting too many calories by controlling your quantities and keeping servings to a quarter cup or less. 

Many grocery and health food stores have almond flour in the gluten-free area. You can create almond flour at home as well.

Boil almonds until the husks float to the top of the water to make almond flour at home. Remove the husks and chill and dry the almonds. When they're dry, mix them in a food processor until they're a fine powder. In an airtight container, homemade almond flour can be frozen for six to nine months.

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Jowar Flour

Jowar flour is a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour. Sorghum, a type of millet, is used to make it. It's high in fibre, protein, and vitamins and minerals. It's difficult to make rotis using 100 percent jowar flour, but you may blend it with ordinary flour or use it to make pancakes and other dishes.

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Soya Flour

To make soy flour, roasted soybeans are ground into a powder. It is used to improve the protein content of some baked items by adding it to wheat flour. Soy flour comes in two varieties. The first is full-fat or natural soy flour. This product contains natural oils found in soybeans. The second type is defatted soy flour, which is made without any oils. It gives dishes a nice texture and flavour.

If you wish to share any healthy eating tips with us, then do let us know by commenting on our Facebook and Instagram page. 

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