Kamut is Nutritious and Healthy
Kamut is a grain that is believed to have been used in ancient Egyptian times – over the years it has not been altered by any modern horticultural methods, so it retains all of its original characteristics and excellent nutritional values.
- Up to 30% more protein than ordinary wheat.
- About the same amounts of amino acids as ordinary wheat.
- Higher levels of vitamin E, thiamine, riboflavin, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, pantothenic acid, copper and complex carbohydrates than ordinary wheat.
- Amounts of fatty acids that make it a high-energy food.
Introducing kamut to your baby…
- Always speak with your baby’s doctor or paediatrician
about introducing any grain – including kamut – into your baby’ diet.
- Kamut is related to wheat, so you may be advised
not to introduce it until your baby is 8 or 10 months old – and if there is a family history of wheat allergies you would probably be advised to delay until after he or s he reaches 12 months of age.
- Interestingly, a team of independent experts (including from the International Food Allergy Association) came up with some remarkable results when they tested two different wheat-sensitive populations – finding that many of those with wheat allergies that ranged from mild to severe, were considerably less sensitive to kamut!
Buying and storing kamut…
- Like any grain, kamut contains natural oils, so may become rancid if stored for long periods of time – particularly if not kept in a refrigerator.
- Buy kamut in small quantities if possible, and use it as quickly as you can.
- Whole grain kamut can be stored for several months in a cool dry place – but it is better to store it in a refrigerator if you live in a warm climate.
- Check on the kamut frequently, especially if you don’t cook it often.
- Ground kamut should be stored in an airtight container – preferably in your refrigerator.
- Whenever possible, buying organic kamut is a good choice – but kamut is not among the foods that are often found to be contaminated with pesticide residue.
Kamut for your baby…
Kamut is a grain that is similar to bulgar wheat. It has a buttery, sweet flavour, cooks quickly, and is great for your baby as a warm cooked cereal or used in savoury dishes such as pilaf.
To cook as a cereal:
- Use 1/4 cup of ground kamut to 1 or 2 cups of water – experiment to find what suits you and your baby – and stir or whisk constantly to avoid lumps.
- Add chopped or pureed raisins, apples, dates.
- After your baby reaches 2 years of age, try adding chopped or ground up nuts (nuts are not recommended for those under 2 years of age).
This information presented to you acts as a guide which contains researched information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional.
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