Bulgur grits are another exotic product that can be seen in the assortment of stores selling healthy food. So far, it is not fully known, but more and more often it can be found in restaurants serving foreign cuisine. If you want to find out whether it is worth including in your menu, I invite you to the following article.
What is bulgur porridge?
Bulgur is the name of one of the kinds of groats, which turns out to be one of the oldest varieties of this product. It comes from the Middle East, where together with rice is one of the main ingredients. The product itself is obtained from the grains of one of the most valuable wheat varieties, durum. Bulgur grits are obtained after having cooked, dried and then crushed grains of this plant in order to get rid of bran and wheat germs from the plant.
The product is often referred to as Arab wheat. Bulgur grits also occurs in three forms. A fine-grained variety is most often used as an addition to salads or soups. On the other hand, medium and coarse-grained groats can be successfully used as a component of main dishes. This last version is not recommended for people with digestive problems like ulcers or hyperacidity. Bulgur with its structure resembles couscous, and its grains are characterized by a yellow-brown color with a slight aroma and taste of nuts.
Bulgur groats – properties
What makes bulgur should be used by people who value a healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition? At the very beginning it is worth noting that the Arabian wheat has a low glycemic index, which is just 46. This means that diabetics can eat this product with full tranquility. Bulgur also has a low fat content and a significant amount of protein (12.5 g). It is also worth adding that eating this variety of groats has a beneficial effect on the functioning of our digestive system as well as the entire metabolism. Thanks to the very high fiber content (which is twice as high as in the popular brown rice) it effectively reduces such problems as flatulence or constipation, and also prevents cancer of the digestive system.
It is impossible to forget about numerous mineral components occurring
in this Middle Eastern variety of groats. The presence of such elements as magnesium, potassium, sodium or calcium determines the proper operation of the cardiovascular system. We are talking, among other things, about the regulation of blood pressure, the conductivity between nerve and muscle cells and the nutrition of tissues through more efficient blood supply. These micronutrients, along with the already mentioned fiber, normalize cholesterol levels. This is one of the elements of atherosclerosis prevention, which may result in other diseases.
Other aspects that confirm the health-promoting character of Bulgur grits are the presence of a large amount of folic acid and iron. Both of these components promote hematopoietic processes, which is important during treatment of diseases such as anemia. Folic acid also determines the proper development of the fetus and prevents the development of numerous defects of the nervous system, which is why it can be recommended to pregnant women. In turn appearing in the composition of chromium is an effective way to suppress attacks of wolf hunger and excessive appetite for sweets. It is also worth emphasizing the presence of B vitamins, which improve the functioning of our nervous system and help in reducing stress.
Cooking bulgur porridge
The preparation of groats depends on the variety of bulgur we will use. In the case of a coarse-grained type, a glass of the product should contain two glasses of boiling and slightly salted water. The cooking process itself should last from 6 to 8 minutes. In turn, a small porridge should be prepared in one and a half glasses of boiling water. Then the whole should be left for about 20 minutes to absorb all the liquid through the grains. Of course, instead of water, we can use milk and use cooked buckwheat to make a dessert or a sweet snack.
The product can be bought without any problem in hypermarkets or health food stores. The price for packaging with a weight of 500 g is from 5 to 10 zlotys.Posted on: December 21, 2019