Bulgur wheat has a long history! In approximately 2,800 B.C., the Chinese emperor Shen Nung declared it one of five sacred crops along with rice, millet, barley and soybeans.
The process for making bulgur wheat originated in the Mediterranean region and has been popular in many Middle Eastern dishes for thousand of years.
Bulgur used to be made by boiling whole wheat kernels in water, followed by sun drying, and then stone ground to crack the kernels. Now this is done with machinery.
Bulgur is an edible cereal grain made from dried, cracked wheat and is parboiled. Parboiling extends the shelf life by making it resistant to mold contamination and insects, and makes it easier and quicker to cook. It also makes it high in resistant starch reducing the glycemic index, which is 46, much better than white rice – 76, and even brown rice -66.
This ingredient not only is easy to prepare and delicious, but is full of nutritional and health benefits.
According to NutritionData, 1-cup (182-gram) serving of cooked bulgur offers:
Because bulgur is a fiber-rich whole grain, it may have a positive impact on heart health, weight loss, blood sugar control and digestive health.
Bulgur is easy to cook and has a similar consistency to quinoa or couscous. The cooking process is similar too in that boiling water is used to soften the grain.
We encourage you to try out some new recipes to incorporate into your salads or pilafs, or even eat for breakfast. Share with us your creations by tagging us on social media @yummmynaturalfoods or e-mail us!
You can find our bulgur in your local supermarket in South Florida or in Amazon. If you want your local supermarket to carry our bulgur wheat, let them know by commenting below or directly communicating with your store.
If you have any health problems, please consult your physician/ nutritionist, before proceeding.
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