What Is Black Wheat ?
Black wheat: From curing cancer to controlling weight, here’s what you need to know about it
we may normally use white wheat for daily routine, but black wheat is much healthier as compared to white wheat. Black wheat has many health benefits and has many important nutrients and eating it also increase the body’s immunity. Black wheat contains antioxidants, B vitamins, folic acid ,selenium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, calcium, iron, copper, potassium, fibre and amino acids, which makes this wheat rich in nutrients.
Some of the Key Benefits of Black Wheat:
Diabetes Is Controlled.
Low Blood Pressure.
Cholesterol level Does Not Increase.
How Black Wheat Introduced?
The species of wheat are introduced year ago but research of many years. The black wheat was produced in the National Agro-Food Biotechnology Institute University (https://nabi.res.in/), Mohali Punjab, in 2017. As per the latest news, the institute has patented Black wheat now.
How Black wheat introduced?
What makes black wheat different in color is the pigment named “Anthocyanin” that also determines the colors of fruits and vegetables. The concentration of these pigments determines the color of other natural edibles. Regular wheat has a 5ppm (parts-per-million) concentration of anthocyanin; on other hand, black wheat grain is reported to have around 100-200ppm of anthocyanin (exact figures:140ppm). This makes black wheat, scientifically, a healthier option. These anthocyanin are the naturally occurring antioxidants that develop in a field at the time of grain filling, hence enriching the wheat with loads of nutritional value.
Regular wheat Black wheat
Normal Wheat- Anthocyanin content:5ppm
Black Whest- Anthocyanin Content:140ppm(100-200 ppm)
Zinc content; 28%
zinc content: 35% more
Difference Between Regular & Black Wheat
The post mentioned that the new type of wheat has been produced after seven years of research and has the capacity to cure health issues like cancer and diabetes. It was claimed that this new type of wheat will be sold at double the price of normal wheat. Moreover, it was also started the National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute has the patent of the same.
As usual, the post was believed by many people. But now true was the information?
Apparently, when NABI was consulted for the same, it turned out that wasn’t just black-coloured wheat, but there were samples of blue and purple wheat as well. This is because of the different levels of anthocyanin in it.
Anthocyanins are the pigments that determine the colours of fruits and vegetables. The concentration of these pigments further determine the colour of the food item. Normal wheat has a 5ppm concentration of anthocyanin, whereas black wheat is reported to have around 200ppm of anthocyanin. This makes black wheat, scientifically, a healthier option.
Apart from anthocyanin, there is also a difference in the food values offered in normal and black wheat. Both have different levels of zinc and iron as well. Black wheat is said to have around 60 percent more iron concentration than normal wheat. However, the amount of protein nutrients and starch remain the same.
Clearly, black wheat is the winner in terms of health.
But, coming back to the post. It had been claimed that black wheat has the capacity to cure cancer. Manage weight, and control blood pressure and cholesterol. But according to experts, all these tests have shown a positive result in case of mice. Human beings are yet to be part of the testing. So, it cannot be claimed that black wheat is the cure for all the aforementioned health issues.
Moreover, products made of black wheat are also not yet available in the market. In such a case, it is difficult to estimate its price as well.
Well, even though black wheat does exits with quite a lot of health benefits, all the claims in the post aren’t true.