All About Multigrain Atta: Weight Loss Benefits and How to Get It
August 3, 2022
These days it’s all about eating multigrain flatbreads, bread, pizza base, and everything in between. People go the extra mile to include multigrain atta (flour) in their daily diet, but is it really that healthy? And if so, how do you make perfectly proportioned multigrain atta at home? What ingredients do we put in it? We are here to answer all these questions.
Why is multigrain atta better than wheat flour?
Multigrain is described as a mixture of two, three, or more flours. There are several reasons why multigrain atta is better than wheat flour. They are more packed with protein compared to wheat flour. Also, multigrain has more fiber content than regular wheat flour.
Nutritionist Avni Kaul told Health Shots that “being multigrain makes it more nutritious rather than just wheat-based flour. Also, multigrain flour contains a lower glycemic index, making it a better option for people with diabetes.”
Now, we know that multigrain flour is readily available in the market and gives you the same benefits as homemade flour by stimulating your digestive system, which also promotes weight loss. But it is better to do it at home where you can be sure of the authenticity and cleanliness of the products used. “Home-mixed flours are certainly more hygienic and have better nutrients compared to flours bought directly from the market. Sometimes grains that are sold commercially are also polished with certain components that are not healthy,” says Avni.
Here’s how to make multigrain atta at home
1. From the perspective of an Indian household, it is better to include grains that are readily available in India and are also staple foods for people here. Therefore, the ideal is to include wheat, oats, ragi (African millet), chana dal, soybeans and corn (makka).
2. Although more than 2 grains is a good option, it is better if one includes 5 types of grains. Both excess and less are not useful for our health. Kaul suggests that “Five different types make an ideal combination. Including 5 types is usually enough to take advantage of almost all the important nutrients needed to meet the recommended daily intake. A combination like corn, chana dal, soybeans, wheat, oats and millet is good enough to include in your diet.”
3. Mix all grains, except oats, with 1 kg of whole wheat, 50 grams of corn, 25 grams of soybeans and finger millet each, 50 grams of chana dal. Mix them properly.
4. Wash all grains well. Once they have dried, add the oatmeal to the mixture.
5. Once you grind it all down, the perfect combination of all the healthy grains is ready in the form of multigrain atta.
According to a study published in the National Library of Medicine, it’s best not to make multigrain atta a part of your regular diet. Although there are no drawbacks, it is generally better to alternately modify your diet with wheat flour to reap the maximum health benefits.